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Salpointe Athletic Commitment Celebration for Student-Athletes to Play at College Level


WHAT: Salpointe is hosting an Athletic Commitment Celebration recognizing Salpointe student-athletes who have made a commitment to play their sport at the college level.

WHEN:  Wednesday, April 16, 2014; 2:45 p.m.

WHERE:  Hall of Fame Room, Salpointe Catholic High School; 1545 E. Copper Street.

EVENT:   The Athletic Commitment Celebration is a time to commend the academic and athletic successes of Salpointe students who will continue their athletic endeavors at the college level. The celebration is open to the public and media is welcome.  In February we recognized 20 students who committed to play sports at the college level. The following students have joined the list and will be recognized on April 16:

Alexandra Friedman, Embry-Riddle University (Golf)
Lindsey Pettigrew,
Hawai’i Pacific University (Cheerleading)
Brooke Prososki-Green, Loras College (Basketball)

About Salpointe Catholic High School:

Since opening its doors in 1950, Salpointe Catholic has enjoyed a distinguished reputation for its strong curriculum, competitive athletics, highly-acclaimed fine arts, faith-strengthening religious program and spirited co-curricular activities. Salpointe is a Catholic, Carmelite, college-preparatory high school enrolling 1,050 students. Salpointe is accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association and accredited as a college-preparatory school by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


Orozco puts Salpointe baseball team on his shoulders using his right arm, competitiveness

Salpointe Catholic’s pitcher Jio Orozco '15 has won six and lost one while holding opponents to a .190 batting average.

Orozco and and Coach Danny Preble have little trouble when asked to name the pitcher’s best performance of the season and one of the best in his three-year career. Orozco struck out a career-high 13 batters and gave up two hits in a 3-1 complete-game victory over Nogales in the championship game of the Spray Master Lancer Baseball Classic last month.

“I was pretty pumped that game,” Orozco said. “That was one of the better games I pitched. I really loved that game because I liked my results.”

The Lancers will have to rely even more on Orozco with nine games to go in the regular season. Salpointe lost five of its final seven games a year ago, and missed the state playoffs. The way Orozco has been pitching this year, the odds of another collapse are slim.

“We know when we take the field and he’s got the ball, we’re going to be in it,” Preble said. “He’s not going to go out and have the kind of day where he’s going to give up 10-plus runs. He shows up and pitches when it’s his turn.”

Tucson Business Leader Roger Canchola Receives Salpointe's Annual Chuck Cecil Humanitarian Award

Roger CancholaSalpointe Catholic High School is honored to present its annual Chuck Cecil Humanitarian Award to Roger Canchola.

Chuck and Carrie Cecil created the award in 2006 to honor their close friend, Willie Kane, a professional golfer and graduate of Salpointe’s class of 1987 who passed away in 2006.  The award is presented annually at Salpointe’s Willie Kane Memorial Golf Tournament to an Arizonan whose time, work and life serve as a role model of caring and giving to others.

Canchola is known for following in the footsteps of his father, José Canchola, the late Tucson businessman and philanthropist. He’s a strong supporter of economic development and believes in giving back to the community in support of local schools and businesses.

“Roger Canchola is one of those people you have to admire. He sports a ‘can do’ attitude, he dearly loves his family, and he makes you feel like you are his best friend,” says Kay Sullivan, Salpointe President. “A quiet philanthropist, he honors the individual dignity of each and every person with kindness and respect. Roger Canchola is most deserving of the Chuck Cecil Humanitarian Award and Salpointe Catholic is pleased to present him with this high honor.”

Canchola is a past member of Salpointe’s Board of Directors and a current board member of the Salpointe Catholic Education Foundation. He and his wife, Raquel, are proud parents of Luis ’09, Nicholas ’17 and future lancer Vicente ’21.

Previous winners of the Chuck Cecil Humanitarian Award include:

2013 – Bob Mutterperl

2008 – Steve Russo, Class of ’71

2012 – Rick Tornquist, Class of ’81

2007 – Jim Click, Jr.

2011 – Mike Harris, Class of ’56

2006 – Dave Sitton

The Salpointe community sends its heartfelt thanks and congratulations to Roger Canchola on being named the 2014 Chuck Cecil Humanitarian of the Year.

About Salpointe Catholic High School:
Since opening its doors in 1950, Salpointe Catholic has enjoyed a distinguished reputation for its strong curriculum, competitive athletics, highly-acclaimed fine arts, faith-strengthening religious program and spirited co-curricular activities. Salpointe is a Catholic, Carmelite, college-preparatory high school enrolling 1,050 students. Salpointe is accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association and accredited as a college-preparatory school by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Salpointe Lancers Take Home the Win in the Spray Master Lancer Baseball Classic

Salpointe outscored opponents 78-17 in six games last week to win the 22-team Spray Master Lancer Baseball Classic at Reid Park.

Salpointe grad hopes lifestyle brand hits big time

Quinlan Wilhite '07 doesn’t consider himself a fashionista.

But he definitely has a passion for fashion.

That’s obvious from the way this Tucson native talks about fabric, apparel and image.

And it’s obvious in his fashion line, QMULATIVE Lifestyle Brand.

His style gives Southwest flair to streetwear with clothing that dances with fabric appliqués of Día de los Muertos images and Kachina dolls.

“This is what I love to do,” said the 25-year-old.

He recently returned from a major trade show in Los Angeles where, he says, interest was active. He also boasts of healthy Internet sales and has close to 100,000 views on his blog since it began in 2010.

“Even if you don’t like this stuff … it is probably something you haven’t seen,” said Wilhite.

With his personal touch in almost every QMULATIVE product, this Salpointe Catholic High School graduate brought a taste of the Old Pueblo to Venue Tradeshow in Tinseltown on Jan. 29.

High school track and field: Salpointe star hoping to build on 2013 success

Michaela Crunkleton Wilson '14 is on her way to becoming one of the most accomplished runners in Southern Arizona history.

The Salpointe Catholic senior swept the sprinting events at the Division II state meet last spring, winning the 100, 200 and 400 meters, and has helped the Lancers win two straight girls team titles.

Crunkleton Wilson, who also won the 100 and 200 as a sophomore, is signed to run at Stanford, which is ranked No. 10 in the nation this year and has a rich history of success.

Branden Hance '16 Competes in Phoenix Marathon

Congratulations to Branden Hance '16 who came in #1 in the 15-18 year old division of the Phoenix Marathon last weekend with a time of 3 hours, 22 minutes and 15 seconds. Branden finished with an overall rank of #139 out of more than 2700 runners in the marathon. Way to go Branden!

Lessons for Life

The push is on to get Southern Arizona students trained in CPR.  They are situations you hope never happen in your child's school, but if they do you hope your child or their teachers are prepared.

"There was so many things. The stars were in alignment that night for me."

The stars were in line on January 28, 2014 for Mike Chaison.  He was the referee that night for the Salpointe Catholic High School boys' soccer game.

"It happened right here?  Apparently it was the 35 yard line, it's where I went down.  I don't remember anything about it.  And then I was told all the players around me were calling for the trainer to come on," Chaison explained.

Athletic trainer Kyle Bowen described the situation once he got to Chaison on the field.  "His eyes were rolling back into his head, non-responsive.  I checked for a pulse right away and he had a very faint pulse."

Seconds later, that faint pulse was gone and Mike's heart stopped beating.

"We immediately started CPR and I yelled for an AED and called 911," Bowen told KOLD News 13.

After CPR, they hooked him up to the defibrillator and shocked him there on the field.  Immediately, his heart started pumping again.

High school basketball: Denson, Salpointe up for 'another challenge'

Earlier in the season, when the Salpointe Catholic boys basketball team was the No. 1 team in the Division II rankings, right above Phoenix Shadow Mountain, coach Brian Holstrom envisioned this matchup.

It just wasn’t supposed to be tonight, in the state quarterfinals.

“Everyone is looking at it like a heavyweight showdown,” Holstrom said. “The seeds, you can throw those out the window. It really is two of the best in state.”

The Lancers (24-6) are coming off back-to-back overtime wins. They held Sunnyside scoreless in the extra period of a 51-44 win in the second round of the state playoffs Saturday night and edged Cholla 47-45 in the sectional championship a week before that.

Salpointe boys among seven local teams in state quarterfinals

Top-seeded Salpointe Catholic was on the ropes Saturday night in its playoff opener, but ultimately got past No. 16 Sunnyside with a 51-44 win in overtime.

Diet food delivery company started by two Salpointe grads goes national

Congratulations to Carter Comstock '05 and Michael Wystrach '98 for the national launch of their company F3 Foods, a web-based diet plan and food-delivery service.

Adam Lohr '03 Promoted at KLK tax, accounting firm

Tucson’s Keegan, Linscott & Kenon, PC announced the promotion of Adam Lohr '03, CPA, CGMA, to manager in the audit Department. Lohr is a MAcc graduate of the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management and has been with KLK nearly five years.

Salpointe holds off Sunnyside in OT

Top-seeded Salpointe Catholic has aspirations of returning to the Division II state championship game, but No. 16 Sunnyside gave the Lancers a scare Saturday, forcing overtime before falling short 51-44. Salpointe was just one of two Southern Arizona teams to advance to the Division II quarterfinals. Only No. 4 Cienega, which edged No. 13 Cholla 53-47, will be joining Salpointe in Glendale at Arena. The four other local teams fell short in their upset bids.

Tucson referee thanks group for saving his life

Two weeks ago on an athletic field at Salpointe Catholic High School soccer referee Michael Chaison collapsed and died.

Before stunned onlookers, Chaison lay on the field in sudden cardiac arrest. Players from both teams gathered and knelt on the field and prayed the “Our Father”as a group of Salpointe athletic personnel and an off-duty fire captain raced to bring him back to life.  

Salpointe names new Digital Communications Manager

Salpointe Catholic High School is pleased to introduce a new member of the school’s Advancement team, with the hire of Erin Hefley Coulter as its new Digital Communications Manager.

Coulter is a proud graduate of Salpointe’s Class of 2001, who went on to graduate from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. In her new role, Coulter will manage Salpointe’s web
properties, social media accounts, and email campaigns in addition to other digitally based initiatives the school has planned.

Prior to joining Salpointe, Coulter served as Health Information Coordinator for the Pima County Health Department, managing overall communications, digital efforts, and media relations.

She credits the start of her interest in all things communication to her time spent working with the late Dave Cosgrove on Salpointe’s student newspaper, The Crusader.

“I am thrilled to return to Salpointe Catholic High School, a place that has always been near and dear to my heart,” said Coulter. “The school is very forward-thinking in terms of technology and digital communications, and I could not be more excited to join the team and be a part of the innovative and
creative work taking place.”

Salpointe Athletic Commitment Celebration for Student-Athletes to Play at College Level

WHAT: Salpointe is hosting an Athletic Commitment Celebration recognizing Salpointe student-athletes who have made a commitment to play their sport at the college level.
WHEN:  Wednesday, February 5, 2014; 2:45 p.m.
WHERE:  Salpointe Catholic High School Gymnasium; 1545 E. Copper Street.
EVENT:   The Athletic Commitment Celebration is a time to commend the academic and athletic successes of Salpointe students who will continue their athletic endeavors at the college level. The celebration is open to the public and media is welcome.  In alphabetical order, the following 20 students have committed to play sports at the college level:
Breeon Auzenne, Scottsdale Community College (Football)
Jake Casteel, Northern Arizona University (Football)
Marcus Catalano, Pima Community College (Baseball)
Andrew Cota, Colorado Mesa University (Football)
Michaela Crunkleton- Wilson, Stanford University (Track)
Brandt Davidson, Scottsdale Community College (Football)
Kaelin DeBoskie, University of Arizona (Football)
Hannah De Luna, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Softball)
Cameron Denson, University of Arizona (Football)
Denae Fisher, Fort Lewis College (Softball)
Diana Gajda, University of Arizona (Track)
Hunter Lowry, Pomona-Pitzer (Men’s Basketball)
Krystal Quihuis, University of Arizona (Women’s Golf)
Ryan Ramsower, Pima Community College (Baseball)
Ryan Tanner, Fort Lewis College (Men’s Golf)
Luis Valenzuela, Yavapai Community College (Baseball)
Austin Weaver, The United States Military Academy at West Point(Football)
Jay Williams, Brown University (Football)
Colby Wilson, Johns Hopkins University (Baseball)
Robert Wilson, Adams State University (Football)

Two-way players like Jay Williams played key part of Lancers' title-winning season

On August 24, 2013, the Salpointe Lancers embarked on what would become the most memorable season in school history. Relive it here

Lancer Kevin Hamlett is a 2014 NFF-CHOF Scholar-Athlete

The Southern Arizona Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF-CHOF) is pleased to announce that Salpointe’s Kevin Hamlett, Jr. ’14 is one of ten 2014 Scholar-Athlete Award Recipients.  These Scholar-Athlete Honorees will be formally recognized at the 17th Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet to be held on Sunday, March 30, 2014, starting at 5:00 PM at The University of Arizona Memorial Student Union Grand Ballroom. These ten outstanding young men are selected on the basis of stringent criteria focusing on citizenship, academic scholarship and athletic achievement. One of these senior high school Honorees, will be nominated for the National Football Foundation National High School Scholar-Athlete Award to be presented in December in conjunction with the 57th Annual National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

Salpointe quarterback Cota visiting West Virginia on Friday

Salpointe Catholic's football team already has five seniors verbally committed to continue their careers four-year schools.

Star quarterback Andrew Cota could soon be the sixth.

The 6-foot-1-inch 190-pound senior will go on an official visit to West Virginia University on Friday according to Salpointe coach Dennis Bene. The Mountaineers have not formally offered Cota but may do so during or after his visit.

Cota was a four-year varsity starter and spent the last three seasons with Salpointe.

He capped off his stellar career by throwing for 2,748 yards and 35 touchdowns with just two interceptions last fall as the Lancers went 14-0 and captured the Division II state championship. Cota also ran for 657 yards and 15 scores.

Cota also has offers from Adams State and Colorado Mesa but those are both Division II programs so
West Virginia would be his first Division I offer. The Mountaineers went 4-8 last fall and finished seventh in the Big 12.

Salpointe receiver Robby Wilson commits to Adams State

Robby Wilson averaged 13 yards a catch for the state champion Lancer squad and was third on the team in reception totals. So far, five players from Salpointe have committed to the next level.

Boy's Hoops: Salpointe 61- Ironwood Ridge 56

Salpointe (4-0) narrowly defeated Ironwood Ridge (3-3) 61-56 on Wednesday night to remain in control of the section along with Catalina Foothills (5-0). Cholla (4-1) defeated Mountain View (3-4) to also stay in the hunt. Only the top four teams of Division II/Section 6 will earn an invite to the sectional tournament.

Technically, there are a lot of games left (each team plays 10 games) so teams such as Tucson High (2-3) are also alive but the section standings look like this with two weeks left in the season:

1: Catalina Foothills (5-0)
2: Salpointe (4-0)
3: Canyon del Oro (4-1: lost to Salpointe)
3: Cholla (4-1: lost to Catalina Foothills)
5: Ironwood Ridge (3-3)
6: Mountain View (3-4)
7: Tucson High (2-3)
8: Casa Grande (1-3)
9: Vista Grande (1-4)
9: Flowing Wells (1-4)
11: Marana (1-6)


Salpointe's Parikh wins 2 junior tennis titles

Yash Parikh, a sophomore on the Salpointe Catholic High School boys tennis team, captured two titles in the 16-and-under division of the Phoenix Junior Masters Championship over the weekend.

Parikh defeated Brandon Stringfellow of Phoenix 6-4, 6-1 to win the singles crown after beating Catalina Foothills’ Nate Rasmussen in the semifinals at the Southwest U.S. Tennis Association major tournament.

Also, Parikh teammed with Shawn Parks of Oro Valley to win the doubles championship over Stringfellow and Ethan Prost of Phoenix 8-4.

Salpointe linebacker Casteel commits to NAU

Salpointe Catholic linebacker Jake Casteel, the son of UA defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel, verbally committed to play football for Northern Arizona on Sunday.

Casteel, a two-time All-Southern Arizona first team selection by the Star, led the Lancers’ dominating defense, which gave up just 7.21 points a game. He averaged 11.9 tackles a contest, and had 25 tackles for loss, 12 sacks and six forced fumbles.

In Salpointe’s 46-30 win over Scottsdale Chaparral in the Division-II state championship game to cap off the Lancer’s perfect 14-0 season, Casteel shined with 11 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble.

Casteel is the fourth Salpointe senior to commit to a Division-I school, whether FBS or FCS. Wide receivers Cameron Denson and Kaelin Deboskie both pledged to play for the Arizona Wildcats, and safety Jay Williams committed to Brown. The four are expected to sign their national letters of intent on Feb. 5.

Basketball: Denson leads Salpointe in rout of Sahuaro at McKale

Cameron Denson can’t wait to be an Arizona Wildcat.

Seven weeks to the day after the Salpointe Catholic senior led the Lancers to their first football state championship at Arizona Stadium, the UA verbal commit for football returned to his future campus and led Salpointe to a 63-49 blowout win over Sahuaro at McKale Center in the nightcap of Saturday’s MLK Classic.  for more of the story!

Basketball: Lancers prep for MLK event at McKale

There is nothing regular about Saturday night’s matchup between the Salpointe Catholic and Sahuaro boys basketball teams, aside from the fact it’s a regular-season game.

The fourth-ranked Lancers, state runners-up a year ago, have an opportunity to prove they’re the top high school team in town against the Cougars at the premier basketball venue in all of Arizona: McKale Center.

“We got to play there our sophomore season,” Salpointe senior captain Jack Schannep said. “It’s a great experience to be on that floor, especially now with UA being No. 1 in the nation. It’s great to be playing a good team in a great atmosphere. It should be a blast.”

Salpointe will be the designated home team for the 8   p.m. finale of the MLK Classic. The event starts at 2   p.m. Saturday and features five games. for more of the story.

Salpointe lineman Breeon Auzenne to play in Arizona/SoCal All-Star football game

Of the 32 players selected to play for Arizona, only Salpointe offensive lineman Breeon Auzenne will represent Southern Arizona in the All-Star game against Southern California.

Salpointe Catholic Lancers Named to the 9th Annual MaxPreps Football Tour of Champions Presented by the Army National Guard

MaxPreps is pleased to announce that the Salpointe Catholic  Lancers have officially been named to the 9th Annual MaxPreps Football Tour of Champions Presented by the Army National Guard.

This exclusive honor is reserved for only 50 of the best teams in the entire country. Given the fact that nearly 17,000 varsity teams compete, that puts the Lancers in the top one-fifth of one percent of teams in the country!

In order to be eligible, the team not only had to be nationally ranked, but also had to win a state championship. Beating Chaparral 46-20 on Nov. 29 marked the completion of an incredible 14-0 season — and earned Salpointe Catholic an invitation to the Tour of Champions.

Please join us as we celebrate with the football team, coaching staff, students and fans on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 2:45 p.m. on Salpointe’s Junior Patio.  

Quihuis wins elite tourney

Salpointe Catholic High golfer Krystal Quihuis shot a 4-under-par 68 in Monday’s final round to complete a wire-to-wire victory at the 43rd Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Championship in Chandler.

“It means so much to me to win this tournament,” said Quihuis, a UA Wildcats signee. The senior beat Vanderbilt freshman Simin Feng by three strokes with a 14-under 202 at Whirlwind Golf Club. The three-day tourney featured 110 of the nation’s top young women’s golfers.

Eleven Lancers make Greg Hansen’s Annual Top 100 Southern Arizona Sports Figures of 2013

#8 Dennis Bene
#11 Cameron Denson
#12 Gemma Contreras
#27 Wolfgang Weber
#32 Alyssa Thompson
#33 Dan Slania
#39 Krystal Quihuis
#47 Jake Casteel
#54 Michaela Crunkleton Wilson
#64 Brian Prouty
#83 Malisa Carino
Read all about them here

Salpointe RB-safety Williams picks Brown U

Salpointe Catholic senior Jay Williams verbally committed to play football at Brown University, picking the
Bears over the University of San Diego.

The 5-foot-10-inch 185-pound team captain was the leading rusher for Salpointe this season with 858 yards and 18 touchdowns on 105 carries. He also started at free safety and helped anchor the Lancers’ defense which gave up just 7.2 points a game and was key in their 14-0 run to the Division II state high school championship.

By committing to Brown, Williams will reunite with former Lancer teammate Johnny Peña, who graduated from Salpointe last spring and holds the school’s career rushing record with 4,681 yards

Lizzie Bell (Salpointe 2013) is home for the holidays after bone marrow transplant

Lizzie Bell is home for Christmas — a wish the 19-year-old keeps thanking God for making possible.

She attended Christmas Eve Mass at St. Cyril of Alexandria Church, 4725 E. Pima St., surrounded by some 30 family members and friends.

It was in July that Bell, a Salpointe Catholic High School graduate, underwent a lifesaving bone marrow transplant at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis.

The transplant — made possible because of a donor who lives in Europe — was deemed successful.

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Local stars who offered plenty to celebrate during a packed '13 includes Lancers Cameron Denson and Alyssa Thompson

Since Jan. 1, Southern Arizona high schools have combined for 16 team state championships.

It was the final one that put the exclamation point on 2013.

Salpointe Catholic’s football team finished off its undefeated season with a win in the Division II state championship game at Arizona Stadium. Last month’s victory cemented the Lancers’ first state title in football.

Salpointe was clearly Tucson’s best this season — although there were plenty of others players, coaches and teams to celebrate.

Click for 13 we’ll remember!

Salpointe Lancers football makes huge donation of blankets

The State Champion Salpointe Lancers football team made a huge donation of blankets last week to the
“Blankets for Cadence” drive held at Rio Vista Elementary. Their donation for the women and children living in shelters puts the drive well over 500 blankets, clothing, toys and other items.

Lancers receive All-State Football Honors

Salpointe Lancers Denson, Casteel, Auzenne, Deboskie, Davidson, Powell, Williams, Cota, Weaver, Holt, Ksiazek, Hamlett, Sankey and Nieto receive All-State!

Cameron Denson is Arizona Big Schools Player of the Year

Salpointe Athletes picked for the Arizona Daily Star Fall 2013 High School All-Stars

Boys Golf 
First Team – Ryan Tanner  ’14
Second Team – Trent Terry ’14
Honorable Mention – Alex Lopez  ’14, Lucky Streiff  ’15, Troy Terry ’16

Girls Golf 
Krystal Quihuis ’14 – Player of the Year
First Team – Krystal Quihuis ’14
Honorable Mention – Araceli Esquivel ’16, Alexandra Friedman ’14, Claire Hanson ’16, Dana Tanner ’16, Andrea Trevino ’15

Boys Cross-Country 
First Team - Nathan Thomas ’15
Honorable Mention – Connor Chaney ’16

Girls Cross-Country 
Honorable Mention – Hailey Conger ’15, Lauren Conger ’15

Boys Swimming and Diving 
Honorable Mention – Francisco Aguirre ’15, Kevin Balserak ’17, Colin Brust ’14, John Casey ’16, Hunter Grim
’15, Joe Lucker ’15, Connor McGinnis ’14, Nick Valcke ’16, John Wallace ’15

Girls Swimming and Diving 
Second Team – Natalie Ward ’16, Michelle Trujillo ’16, Teagan McGinnis ’17, Haley Mattingly ’17, Mirella Vindiola ’17
Honorable Mention – Jiaying Brust ’17, Kylee Mattingly ’14, Evelyn Flores ’17, Julie Turk ’17, Madeline Wallen ’17, Josephine Tolsa-Santillan ’15

Girls Volleyball 
Second Team – Dominique Velde ’14
Honorable Mention – Carly Lowry ’16, Allie Weaver ’16, Sammi Meyer ’14, Alex Brittenham ’14, Angelika Hernandez ’15    

Offense and Defense Player of the Year – Cameron Denson ’14
Coach of the Year – Dennis Bene
First Team Offense – QB Andrew Cota ’14, WR Kaelin Deboskie ’14, OL Breeon Auzenne ’14, OL Austin Weaver ’14, ATH Cameron Denson ’14
First Team Defense – DL Brandt Davidson ’14, LB Jake Casteel ’14, LB Taylor Powell ’15, DB Cameron Denson ’14, DB Jay Williams ’14
Second Team Offense – OL Gabe Sandoval ’14
Second Team Defense – DL Justin Holt ’16, LB Kevin Hamlett ’14, DB Santiago Nieto’14
Third Team Offense – OL David Martinez ’15
Third Team Defense – DL Mike Vasquez ’14
Honorable Mention  - David Peraza ’14, Robby Wilson ’14, Jake Ksiazek ’16, Jaylyn Juan ’15, Chase Sankey ’14, Alex Flores ’14, Zach Dorame ’16, Andrew Palomares ’16, Jake Berwick ’14

The Salpointe Community Extends Deepest Sympathy to the Wolfgang Weber Family

The Salpointe community extends deepest sympathy to the Wolfgang Weber family at the passing of Coach Weber's wife, Nina. Our thoughts and prayers are offered at this most difficult time. 

Soccer family helps Weber cope with loss – just as Nina would have wanted it, Coach Weber has not missed a game

Salpointe ranked #8 in the West by MaxPreps Regional High School Football Computer Rankings

1. (1) St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.), 13-0, 81.3

2. (3) Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), 11-2, 74.0

3. (5) Mountain Pointe (Phoenix), 14-0, 73.1*#

4. (2) Punahou (Honolulu), 11-0, 70.2*#

5. (4) Bingham (South Jordan, Utah), 14-0, 69.9*#

6. (8) De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), 12-0, 68.2

7. (NR) Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, Calif.), 12-1, 67.6

8. (NR) Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, Ariz.), 14-0, 67.4*#

9. (6) Serra (Gardena, Calif.), 13-0, 66.6

10. (10) Mission Viejo (Calif.), 11-1, 66.3* for photo and more!

UA's Logan promoted at College of Science

Bob Logan (Salpointe ’75 ) has been promoted to assistant dean for external and corporate relations for the UA College of Science. Bob has been at the UA for 25 years.  Previously he was senior director of development for the College of Science for 13 years and began his UA career as a football coach under Larry Smith.  Bob spent nine years as associate director of athletics under Cedric Dempsey and Jim Livengood. for more.

Lancers Win Division II Football State Championship 46-20

Lancers cap perfect season with blowout win
Salpointe Catholic can finally call itself a champion and, quite possibly, the best team in Southern Arizona history… for more!

Deep Salpointe erases jitters, 62-year title drought
To become state champions, the Lancers would have to stage an epic goal-line stand, smother a couple of punts, score on a fumble return and kickoff return, and play with such swiftness and purpose that it made you wonder if Tucson has ever had a team this good, now or for the last 100 years…  for more

Do-it-all Denson is at his best as Lancers claim 1st state crown
The sideline cleared, as Salpointe Catholic stormed the field. In celebration. Cameron Denson was noticeably missing from the mosh pit. Instead, he ran to midfield, and stood at the center of Arizona’s Block A… for more.

Seen and heard at Arizona Stadium

Congratulations Lancers! 

“LANCERS, LANCERS LET’S TAKE STATE!” Calling all Lancer fans!

Salpointe Catholic invites you to cheer on the Lancers Friday, November 29 at 6:00 p.m. as they play for the D-II State Championship against Scottsdale Chaparral at University of Arizona’s Bear Down Stadium.

Gather with us before the game for a B.Y.O. tailgate to rally even more excitement before our top-seeded Lancers take the field. Tailgate begins at 4:00 p.m. in the UA parking lot #6097 located at National
Championship Dr. and 6th Street (east of the stadium). 

The UA is graciously allowing us to use this parking lot space so please be mindful of the following:

*****No alcohol allowed on University of Arizona property!

*****Tailgating space is limited!

*****Please clean your tailgating space before entering the stadium for the game! 

Once inside the stadium, cheer on the Lancers who are the designated HOME team.

Show your Lancer pride!  Wear your maroon and gold. You can purchase your game-day spirit gear at the tailgate. Look for the Salpointe Spirit Store maroon and gold tent!

Tickets to the game are $10/adult, $6/student and will be sold at the venue.  Visit  for
more information.

See you Friday, November 29 at 4:00 p.m. Kick-off will be at 6:00 p.m.


Contact Elise Jumbelick with any questions at

Lancers' coach sticks with what works

The game-day routine this year has been pretty simple for Dennis Bene.

He’ll stick to it today, before Salpointe Catholic faces Scottsdale Chaparral in the Division II state title game at Arizona Stadium.

The Lancers’ 47-year-old coach will start the day off with a breakfast at Micha’s, an egg burrito with beans and rice on the side.

Sometime in the afternoon, he’ll stop by the FedEx office on East Speedway to get his play-cards laminated. He’ll buy a 5-hour energy drink, a pack of Trident Tropical Twist gum and two ultra fine-point black Sharpies.

It’s his game-day routine.

“It won’t change,” he said……. for more!

Salpointe defense among best in Southern Arizona history

When Salpointe Catholic cornerback Adrian Lizarraga intercepted a desperation Deer Valley pass with 15 seconds left in Monday night’s Division II state semifinal, the junior didn’t just secure the Lancers’ spot in the state final with his first career interception.

He also took his place in history.

Salpointe allowed just a fourth-quarter touchdown in its 55-7 win against Deer Valley, and has given up 81 points during its so-far perfect 13-0 season. The Lancers not only have the best scoring defense in the state (6.2 points per game), they have the best scoring defense in modern Southern Arizona history…..for more 

Salpointe Catholic to put focus on STEM education with Cracchiolo Center

The Steele Foundation and the Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation have made commitments totaling $1,500,000 to Salpointe Catholic High School’s Building Leaders and Legacy capital campaign. The grants, $1,000,000 from the Steele Foundation and $500,000 from the Brown Family Foundation, are in support
of the school’s new Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Center.

At the request of the Steele Foundation, the center will be named “The Cracchiolo Family Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Center” in honor of Joseph U. Cracchiolo and the multi-generational Cracchiolo-Salpointe relationship. The Brown Foundation has selected the STEM Chair in Engineering in honor of Thomas R. Brown, who deeply valued his engineering education. The STEM center facility and curriculum are among the hallmarks of the school’s capital campaign. The center will be fully functional during the 2014-2015 school year.

“Salpointe is leading the way in STEM and we are immensely grateful for the remarkable investments of the Steele Foundation and Thomas R. Brown Foundation in this important endeavor,” said Kay Sullivan, president of Salpointe. “The Cracchiolo Family STEM Center will prepare Lancers for higher level education
and professional careers in the STEM disciplines, meeting a critical industry need.”

High School Football: Lancers roll by Deer Valley, secure spot in Friday’s final

Division II Semifinal: #1 Salpointe Catholic 55, #12 Glendale Deer Valley 7

The Lancers’ victory ensured that, for the ninth straight year, at least one Southern Arizona large-school team has made it to the state finals. The trip will be Salpointe’s first since 1991 and the biggest game under Bene, who has been with the team since 2001.  Read about the game here

Salpointe vs Deer Valley - State Football Semifinal

Football Semifinal – Salpointe vs Deer Valley @ Marana HS tonight, 6 pm/54° - driving directions here  streamed live here

Brandon Bean and Tip-Off Classic Information

2013 Salpointe Brandon Bean Kickoff Classic 11.25 – 12.2  – 17 soccer teams for
information on times and locations

2013 Salpointe Tip-Off Classic 11.25 – 11.30 - 16 teams compete - games @
Salpointe and Chandler High Schools

Order of Carmelites elect the Very Reverend William J. Harry, O. Carm. as new provencial

(November 22, 2013: Darien, IL) The members of the Most Pure Heart of Mary Province have elected the Very Reverend William J. Harry, O. Carm., to the position of prior provinical, to fill the unexpired term held by Very Reverend Carl Markelz, O. Carm., who took leave from his office after being elected as bursar general for the Order. Father Bill is now the primary authority in the province. He serves as the Provinces' spiritual leader and the official representative of the province to the Carmilite General Curia and to other ecclesial and civic authorities.


Father Bill, who prior to this election resided in Tucson, Arizona, has been the commissary provincial of the Western Commissariat since June of 2008. His many other ministries include serving as director of book publications for Carmelite Media for the pas six years, outreach preacher for Cross Catholic Outreach (since January 2008),  editor of The Sword since November, 2007, and is currently the director of communications for the Carmelite NGO (a non-governmental organization affiliated to the United Nations) since 2001. Subsequent to these ministries, Father Bill completed a six-year term as counselor general for North American and Northern and Central Europe, as part of the General Curia in Rome, Italy.  

ery Reverend William J. Harry, O.Carm., is a Louisville, Kentucky, native who joined the Carmelites and
professed his first vows on August 7, 1977 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. He was ordained to the priesthood as a Carmelite priest July 9, 1983 in Louisville.

His passion for education followed him through his vows and his formal training for priesthood. He received
his baccalaureate degree in history from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1976. In 1979, Father Bill received his master’s degree in education administration from the University of Arizona. In 1982 he received an STB (baccalaureate in Sacred Theology) from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. In 1986 Father Bill was awarded an STL (Licentiate in Sacred Theology) in spirituality from the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois, and in 1997 a Doctorate in Ministry in communications. He has also studied languages at the University of Vienna in Austria, and at Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

His professional experience started with his first assignment as teacher at Salpointe Catholic High School,
Tucson, Arizona, from 1977-1979. He later returned to Salpointe and served there from 1983 to 1985. During those years he taught various subjects including theology, science, psychology, and cultural awareness.

In 1986 he moved to Mundelein, Illinois, where he became principal of Carmel High School. After two
years he became the school president, a position he held for eight years. During his tenure Father Bill provided the leadership to merge two schools and initiated a Board of Directors. Father Bill’s foresight brought the school’s first successful capital campaign netting $3 million dollars. Under his term,
the school received the “National Exemplary School Award” for the second time (it has now won the award four times) given from the United States Department of Education.

In 1998 Father Bill became editor of the Carmelite Review magazine and moved to the pre-novitiate house in Houston, Texas. During this time he also was appointed vocation director of the Province. In 1999, Father Bill was elected by his peers as commissary provincial of the Western Commissariat, a position he held until his election to the General Council of the Order.

As Counselor General, Father Bill held various responsibilities including liaison to the Order’s publishing house as well as its research institutes, libraries, and archives in various parts of the world. He was the director of the Office of Communications of the Carmelite Order and the editor of CITOC, a quarterly international news magazine which was printed in three languages. He served in these positions for his term as General Councilor.

Returning to the United States, after a sabbatical Father Bill was once again elected Western Commissary in 2009 and re-elected for a second three-year term in 2011.

His volunteer work includes serving as a webmaster, as fire department chaplain and as a member of the
Northern Illinois Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Association. Father Bill has been a member of many commissions both within the Province and internationally; from his work on the Provincial Education Commission to his International Communications Commission Chair. He has also been a board member of
four Carmelite high schools: Crespi Carmelite High School, Encino, California; Salpointe Catholic High School, Tucson, Arizona; Mount Carmel High School, Chicago, Illinois; and Joliet Catholic Academy, Joliet, Illinois.

He was a recipient of the “Outstanding Citizen of the Village of Mundelein, IL” in recognition for his volunteer work in the community and the “Ten Key Leaders in Lake County, IL” for his educational leadership and participation in civic initiatives thoughout the county.

With his work Father Bill has traveled extensively both in the USA and to foreign countries, having resided in three foreign countries. He speaks and understands multiple languages.

As prior provincial of the Province of The Most Pure Heart of Mary, Very Reverend William J. Harry, O. Carm., will reside in Darien, Illinois. His term as provincial is for the remainder of Father Markelz’ elected three-year term. The next Provincial Chapter will be held in Niagara Falls, Ontario, in June of 2014.

For further information on the Very Reverend William J. Harry, O.Carm., Prior Provincial or the Order of
Carmelites contact Carmelite Media at (630) 971-0724 or visit the Carmelite website at


Salpointe drama troupe selected to perform main-stage at state thespian festival

Tucson, Ariz., November 21, 2013—Salpointe Catholic High School’s drama class was selected by the Arizona Thespian State Board to perform main-stage at this weekend’s Arizona State Thespian Festival.  Judged by board members throughout the state, Salpointe is one of two schools to receive this top honor, and the only in Southern Arizona.

“We have only two schools from the entire state that are selected to perform in front of 2,300 people.  Basically, it is like winning state,” said Cory Losenicky of the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) board.  “Judging sheets show that [Salpointe’s drama troupe] have great comedic timing and work very well as a group.”

The Arizona State Thespian Festival, the largest high school thespian conference in the state, will take place November 22 and 23 at the Phoenix Convention Center.  Salpointe’s drama troupe will perform their full-length play, Cash on Delivery, at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 23.  More than 80 schools are expected to attend. 

“This is a really big deal for our school and our students.  This is the first time a Southern Arizona school has been selected since the 1980’s. Our students work so hard and are continually trying to improve.  Their hard work is awarded with this once in a lifetime experience,” said Dana Milne, Salpointe’s fine arts department chair and theatre director. “I am both proud and humbled to watch these hard-working students perform at such a large-scale event.”

Approximately 15 troupes requested adjudication for the honor of being the main-stage selection.  Evaluated on performance, costumes, stage props and other performance components, Salpointe received top markings.

Salpointe’s drama troupe will also perform a one-act play, seeking to once again represent Arizona in the Educational Theatre Association’s Thespian Festival, a national competition.  Last year, Salpointe’s advanced drama class was selected to represent the state in the national conference, performing at the University of Nebraska.

“These students are very dedicated, always trying to do their best, and it certainly shows,” said Steve Halper, retired Salpointe drama teacher and current troupe sponsor. “This is an absolute first for Salpointe, and what a deserving group of students.”

MaxPreps ranks Salpointe #5 in medium schools national football rankings

MaxPreps ranks Salpointe #5 in medium schools national football rankings

1. (last ranking 1) Washington (Miami), 11-0, 68.3

2. (2) Serra (Gardena, Calif.), 11-0, 68.0

3. (3) Bellevue (Wash.), 11-0, 63.0

4. (25) St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, Ohio), 12-0, 61.0

5. (6) Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, Ariz.), 12-0, 60.6 for more!  GO LANCERS!

Newcomer Deboskie fits right in with old buddies on Salpointe team

Kaelin Deboskie just might be the missing piece to Salpointe Catholic’s quest for a football state title.

The senior wide receiver, cornerback and return man has caught in 42 passes for 680 yards and accounted
for 16 touchdowns this season to help the top-seeded Lancers (12-0) reach the Division II state semifinals Friday night...... For more

Salpointe donates to Philippine relief fund

In the spirit of honoring the school values of Prayer, Service and Community the Salpointe Lancers donated $4,669 to Catholic Relief Services on Monday, November 18 to assist those in the Philippines who have
been harmed or displaced by Typhoon Haiyan. The Catholic Diocese of Tucson will hold Mass for the typhoon victims Wednesday, Nov 20 at 6:30 pm at St. Augustine Cathedral. Filipino and Vietnamese parish choirs
will join the cathedral’s choir in providing music, and priests from across the diocese are expected to attend.

Career night by Talbott Denny leads the Lipscomb Bisons past TSU

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Bisons got a career night from Talbott Denny (Salpointe Class of 2012) , as the sophomore scored 22 points and added 11 rebounds to lead Lipscomb men’s basketball to a 75-70 win over homestanding Tennessee State on Monday night at the Gentry Center.

What would the Siena Saints (NY) do without Haley Howell?

Siena freshman setter Haley Howell (Salpointe Class of 2013) wrapped up a standout first season by being named MAAC Rookie of the Week for a sixth time Tuesday. Howell led the conference in assists per set in MAAC matches this year.

Howell averaged 12.3 assists per set in two Siena wins to close the year. She had 50 assists in Siena’s four-set win over Rider, marking her fourth 50+ assist effort of the season. Howell orchestrated a balanced attack, as four different Saints finished in double figure kills against the Broncs.

She closed the season with 36 assists and three aces in the sweep of Saint Peter’s. Howell served long runs in both matches, helping the Saints close the year with four straight wins to tie for third in the conference.

Salpointe’s Sr. Jeanne wears many hats

Salpointe’s Sr. Jeanne Bartholomeaux is featured on pages four - six of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill magazine, Celebration. Sr. Jeanne is a Salpointe graduate from the Class of 1964 and she is a theology teacher at Salpointe. She is passionate about teaching and about fiber art. Sr. Jeanne’s creations are large and small with thick yarns woven into pieces large enough to decorate a wall in the Sky Harbor Airport Chapel in Phoenix or fine silk embroidery floss outlining an intricate design on delicate fabric. Along with her duties at Salpointe Sr. Jeanne is also the Vicar for Religious in the Diocese of Tucson. She is the sister of Lancers Betty Bartholomeaux Dadante ’67, Tom Bartholomeaux ’69, Mary Pat Bartholomeaux ’66, Judith Bartholomeaux ’62 and Joe Bartholommeaux ’72.  Read more about Sr. Jeanne here

David Santa Cruz '83 is inducted into ESU Sports Hall of Fame

Eight players from Tucson-area high schools, and two Tucson coaches, returned to Emporia (Kan.) State last week to be inducted into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame.

The ’87 ESU baseball team (56-12) finished second at the NAIA World Series, and was coached by Palo Verde High grad Dave Bingham and fellow Titans grad Al Ruiz.

The eight Tucsonans inducted into the Hall of Fame included Conrad Lindo, Sunnyside; Johnny Hernandez, Tucson; Jose Gonzalez and Anthony Catalano, Cholla; David Santa Cruz, Salpointe (Class of 1983); Saul Soltero, Catalina; Jaime Cuesta and Pepe Valencia, Pueblo. for more.

Division II Football Semifinals - #1 Salpointe Catholic vs #12 Glendale Deer Valley

Division II Football Semifinals - #1 Salpointe Catholic vs #12 Glendale Deer Valley @ Marana HS - Friday
7 pm for driving directions.

Dominant Lancers only game in town this week

Salpointe Catholic’s football team is in the state semifinals for the second straight season and has
the spotlight all to itself this week.

Top-seeded Salpointe will be the only local team in action this week when it takes on No. 12 Glendale Deer Valley at Marana High School on Friday night at 7, with a trip to the Division II state championship on the line.

The Lancers (12-0) are trying to reach the state final for the first time since 1991 and for the first
time under longtime coach Dennis Bene.

While most teams have had their ups and downs, Salpointe has been up all year. Here’s a look back at
three of its biggest wins:

Salpointe's defense answers more questions

Salpointe’s defense answers more questions as the Lancers roll to a 45-14 win over Liberty.

Maybe, just maybe Salpointe has answered most of their media and social media critics. Read more at

Hungry Lancers cruise again – High School Playoffs: Salpointe Catholic 45 – Peoria Liberty 14

Salpointe Catholic made a strong case to be the best team in the state Friday night. In two weeks,
the Lancers can officially prove it.

Senior quarterback Andrew Cota accounted for four scores and Salpointe’s defense held Peoria Liberty
scoreless for more than three quarters as the top-seeded Lancers beat the Lions 45-14 and advanced to the Division II state semifinals for the second year in a row. for more!

Yen for fro-yo? Well, step into The Parlour

At The Parlour, the new fro-yo shop on Fourth Avenue, you can indulge in peace.

“We’ll never ask your weight,” says Karen Kalil Callan (Salpointe Class of 1981), who owns the shop. She and her husband, Kelly, also manage Magpies Gourmet Pizza and Drinks next door, and the businesses share a patio and catering services.

The Parlour sells bowls at fixed prices, skipping the popular, pay-by-the-ounce trend. That adds up fast. At The Parlour, you don’t have to hem and haw about whether swapping strawberry syrup for a scoop of the fresh stuff will save you a couple of dimes. for more!

UA golf signees

Salpointe’s Krystal Quihuis is among the best in NCAA golf. for more!

Chihak promoted to news director

Michael Chihak (Salpointe Class of 1967) has been promoted to news director at Arizona Public Media. He will be responsible for new operations and reporting on AZPM’s television, radio, online and social media platforms.

Salpointe, Denson cruise to easy win

Salpointe Catholic steam-rolled its first 10 opponents this season by an average of 44.4 points a game.

Friday night was no exception.

The top-seeded and host Lancers (11-0) plowed through Yuma Cibola 54-7 in the first round of the Division II playoffs.

Salpointe will host No. 9 Peoria Liberty on Friday with a chance to reach the state semifinals for the second year in a row. The high-scoring Lions upset Mountain View for their fifth straight win.

Salpointe’s Cameron Denson had yet another stellar game in his storied prep career with six catches for 96 yards to go along with touchdown receptions of 9 and 38 yards. Denson now has 1,036 yards on the season and 13 receiving scores.

The two-way star also contributed on defense with a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown at
the end of the first quarter.

However, he did not take the No. 16 Raiders lightly……

Salpointe opens state dreaming of elusive title

It’s been 32 years, and Dennis Bene hasn’t forgotten.

It was 1981, and Bene was a sophomore backup quarterback at Salpointe Catholic High School, and the
Lancers made it all the way to the Class 5A state championship game.

Then they lost, 20-0, to Phoenix Trevor Browne High School.

Bene reels off facts as if they are common knowledge — Jeff Heidrick breaking a rib, and the team’s
heart, early in the game — and sensory
details that are not......... for more!

Stars aligning for undefeated Salpointe

Two undefeated Tucson teams won state championships at Arizona Stadium in the last 20 years: Wayne Jones’ Mountain View Mountain Lions capped a 14-0 season in 1993, beating Sahuaro 63-32. And in 2009, Dusty Peace’s CDO Dorados beat Sabino 40-0 at Arizona Stadium, finishing 14-0. Now comes 10-0 Salpointe Catholic. Dennis Bene’s team has outscored its opposition 497-53; no team has scored in double-figures on the Lancers. To make the possible scenario better, the state AIA governing board has scheduled the Division II state championship game at Arizona Stadium the night after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29. Even better, the AIA this week eliminated the scheduled 7:30 p.m. start time and changed it to a more fan-friendly 6 p.m. Now all Bene’s team has to do is to win three straight games, which is never easy in November, to reach its first state title game since 1991. Salpointe has not won a state football championship in its existence, almost 60 years. Now’s the time.

Salpointe grad Carrillo wins No. 400 at Cochise

Coach Jerry Carrillo, who learned his basketball at Salpointe Catholic (Class of 1982) and as an undergrad at the UA, won his 400th career game Friday night at Cochise College. Carrillo’s Apaches whipped visiting Westwind Prep of Phoenix 124-94 in the first game of his 19th season at Cochise. That’s 22 victories per year. ACCAC coaches predicated the Apaches to finish third in the difficult conference this year; his teams have gone 50-12 the last two seasons

Football state playoffs set – Lancers working toward the state title one game at a time

Division II First Round - #1 Salpointe (undefeated 10-0) vs #16 Yuma Cibola this Friday at 7 pm in Salpointe’s Ed Doherty Stadium.

FRIDAY NOV. 8 -- Other matchups -  No. 9 Liberty at No. 8 Marana Mountain View; No. 12 Deer Valley at No. 5 Sunnyslope; No. 13 Tucson at No. 4 Centennial; No. 14 Tolleson at No. 3 Chaparral; No. 11 Ironwood Ridge at No. 6 Marcos de Niza; No. 10 Sahuaro at No. 7 Campo Verde; No. 15 Buena at No. 2 Mesquite.

Do-everything Denson lifts Lancers

Cameron Denson wasn’t a receiver for Salpointe Catholic on Friday night. He was pretty much everything else, though, against Tucson High…..Denson passed for one touchdown, ran for two, scored on a punt return and, playing defensive back, had a 81-yard pick six — and that was just in the first half. He finished with 205 all-purpose yards, added 69 yards through the air and had six total touchdowns. “He’s special,” Bene said. “Find another player in the state that can do what he does. Play quarterback, receiver, DB (defensive back), special
teams — he’s a blessing.”

Salpointe coach is a positive influence on her student athletes

Salpointe’s strength and conditioning coach, Carla Garrett, received a Ben’s Bell last week. She was nominated by fellow coach Del Arvayo, who said Garrett inspires student athletes on the field and in the classroom. “She motivates boys to reach heights they didn’t know they were capable of reaching,” Arvayo wrote in his nomination. “She demands and gets their best. She holds them to a high standard. “Her former students come back to see her often, and all speak of the tremendous influence she has or had on their lives.” Numerous students who were influenced by the coach have gone on to earn college scholarships and complete their higher education “because they were pushed, pulled, led and willed by Coach Garrett,” Arvayo said. “She is an outstanding human being, a credit to the community and a hero to many young men who have had the privilege of having Coach Garrett in their lives,” he said.

Salpointe to break ground on capital campaign construction prior to Homecoming football game


Salpointe to break ground on capital campaign construction 
prior to Homecoming football game

Tucson, Ariz., October 29, 2013—Salpointe Catholic High School will break ground this Friday, November 1 on its historic Building Leaders and Legacy campaign construction which positions the school for another 60 years of excellence.

The ground breaking ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the heart of the school’s campus. This momentous event will not only mark the start of construction, but will also take the school’s capital campaign into its public phase. During the quiet phase of the campaign, the school has received $8.9 million in pledges from individuals, corporations and foundations.

“This is a $12 million project that includes building a Student Center, Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) Center, and renovating existing infrastructure. We are most grateful to the many donors who have invested so far in making this dream a reality, but we still have a long way to go in terms of fundraising. We invite the help of the community to reach this ambitious goal!” said Kay Sullivan, Salpointe’s President.

Dignitaries attending the ceremony include Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas, DD., Bishop of Tucson; V. Rev. William J. Harry, O.Carm., Western Commissary Provincial; Michael A. Slania and Phil Lacovara, Ph.D., representing Salpointe’s Board of Directors; Charles Bavier and Frank Hundley representing the Salpointe Catholic Education Foundation Board of Directors; Karen Uhlich, Vice Mayor/Ward 3 City Council member; major donors and Salpointe leadership.

Following the ceremony guests will enjoy Homecoming activities including Sal’s Diner, Cantina and the 7:00 p.m. football game between the 9-0 Salpointe Lancers and the 7-2 Tucson High School Badgers.

“Homecoming is the perfect opportunity to share this historic event with the thousands of alumni and friends who will attend the game,” said Sullivan. “We want to celebrate with everyone who has supported our school since it first opened in 1950. Salpointe has set the pace for secondary education in Southern Arizona for the past 60 years. This campaign will continue to differentiate Salpointe and meet our community’s need for critical thinkers, collaborators, communicators and problem solvers.”

The multi-use Student Center will include a cafeteria, counseling center, library and digital information center, and reflection chapel. The Cracchiolo Family STEM Center will include a data hub, fabrication, electronics and robotics labs, bio-chemical research lab, and two state-of-the-art laboratory/classrooms. Relying on project-based and problem-based learning, Salpointe’s new STEM Center will integrate the disciplines and embrace the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Standards, and Career and Technical Education Standards. As part of this campaign initiative, the school has renovated much of its infrastructure, including electrical, Glenn Street entry, softball and baseball facilities, classroom upgrades and parking. Seaver Franks Architects, Inc., is the architect and Diversified Design and Construction, Inc., is the general contractor on the project.

“This is a thrilling investment in Salpointe’s future,” said Slania, Chair of the school’s Board of Directors. “Salpointe needs a Student Center where Lancer students, alumni, families and friends can come together as a community. Even more exciting is the creation of the innovative STEM Center, differentiating Salpointe as the leader of 21st Century curriculum in Southern Arizona. The Board wholeheartedly supports this project and we thank the Carmelites, school president and principal, teaching staff and the many generous donors for getting this project off the ground.

The new Student Center and STEM Center will be dedicated in January, 2015.

Salpointe football players Powell and Holt are invited to US Army All-American Combine

Salpointe Catholic football players Taylor Powell, a junior linebacker, and Justin Holt, a sophomore lineman, have been invited to the U.S. Army All-American Combine Jan. 2-4 in San Antonio. The top 500 underclassmen in high school football have been invited to display their skills and be evaluated. Powell is a likely All-State player for the undefeated Lancers; he has made 9.1 tackles per game, including 14 for losses this season.

High school football: Arizona Stadium to host state championship games

Salpointe Catholic is undefeated and appears to have the inside track to the Division II state finals. The Arizona Interscholastic Association announced late Thursday night that the UA will host the Division II and Division III state title games on Nov. 29. Division III will be played at 1 p.m. and Division II is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. There will be two unified sports flag football games played between the two championship games. The last time there was a state final played at the UA, Canyon del Oro and future Wildcats running back Ka'Deem Carey rolled past Sabino 40-0 to complete a 14-0 season. The Lancers have many similarities to that team and could be well on its way to doing the same.

Salpointe, intense Quihuis aim for third straight titles

One more piece of hardware and Salpointe Catholic senior golfer Krystal Quihuis’ trophy case might collapse. With 10 years of experience and a track record for posting low scores in highly competitive fields, the two-time defending state champion and UA verbal commit will go for her third straight title starting today, in the opening round of the Division II state championship at Aguila Golf Course in Laveen. for more.

D-II state girls golf: Defending champ Salpointe is favorite

Salpointe Catholic looks for its third consecutive Division II girls golf title Monday (Oct. 28) and Tuesday (Oct. 29) in a cozy field of eight teams and 25 individuals at Aguila Golf Course in Laveen.

Also seeking a three-peat in individual competition is Salpointe senior Krystal Quihuis, who has led the Lancers to the past two titles. If Quihuis is successful she would be only the third three-time winner in state history. Xavier's Heather Farr (1979-1981) and Grace Park (1994-1996) are the others. Park won her first title competing for Xavier and the other two for Horizon. Tee times Monday (Oct. 28) begin at 10 a.m. and tee times Tuesday (Oct. 29) commence at 8 a.m.

GEICO Tax Credit provides private-school scholarships

Dominique Velde’s mother has always wanted the best for her daughter, especially when it comes to education.

So when it came time for the now 17-year-old to attend high school, Dominique found that her area public school was not a good fit for her.

“I wanted a smaller size school with a supportive and safe community that would challenge me academically,” Dominique said.

When she set her sights on Salpointe Catholic High School, her mother — a single parent — knew she couldn’t afford it, but vowed to do whatever it took, even if it meant getting a second job.

Fortunately for Dominique, Arizona’s corporate tax-credit program provided tuition assistance, allowing her to attend Salpointe and excel, she said.

On Monday, GEICO announced an $8 million contribution to the Arizona Leadership Foundation to be used to provide scholarship assistance to private schools for low-income children. Half of the tax-credit gift will
support Pima County students.

For Aaron Muth, president of the foundation, GEICO’s contribution is more than a tax credit opportunity.

“It’s an opportunity to play an educational role to Tucson students and provide endless opportunities for the Old Pueblo’s growth and success,” Muth said. “It’s something they don’t have to do, but they opt to do. It’s a special choice.”

The $4 million is expected to help more than 1,000 Pima County children at a time when grade-school tuition is roughly $4,500 annually, while private high schools cost about $8,000 a year.

The scholarships are for low-income households — the income limit for a family of four this school year is $80,600.40. There are additional qualifying factors that students must meet. For more information, go to

Scholarships are available immediately for the remainder of the current school year. Applications for next school year will be available in 2014.

“So many Pima County families are faced with significant financial challenges each school year,”
said Martha Furnas
, GEICO regional vice president. “These scholarships give parents a voice and a choice when it comes to the education of their children.”

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild called GEICO’s contribution “remarkable,” saying that all children need to be supported to achieve educational success. “Everything we want in our society goes back to whether our children are well educated,” Rothschild said.

Corporate tuition tax credit partners and student leaders brought together in recognition at Salpointe's Heroes Assembly

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Tucson, Ariz., October 21, 2013 — Salpointe’s 43rd Heroes Assembly took place at 10 a.m. in the school’s gymnasium where the entire student body gathered to recognize two of its own student heroes as well as its corporate sponsors who help to make a Salpointe education possible.

Currently, 50% of the student body qualifies for tuition assistance. Salpointe’s corporate partners were recognized for providing more than $600,000 in tuition assistance last year to deserving Lancers through the Arizona Corporate Tuition Tax Credit program.

“At TEP, we understand how quality education provides long-term, sustainable benefits that support the overall well-being of our community. That’s why we support so many education initiatives including organizations that provide need-based scholarships through School Tuition Tax Credit programs. These
programs provide individual taxpayers and companies alike with an easy way to direct our state tax dollars to the critical task of educating our community’s children,” said David Hutchens, President and COO of UNS Energy/Tucson Electric Power.

Corporations and their representatives in attendance included Mike Hannley with Bank of Tucson; Suzan Martin and Tim Schannep with CBIZ; Izaro Urreiztieta with BBVA Compass Bank; Jennifer Alai and Richard Mullen with Great Western Bank; Dave Lyons with National Bank; Lee Chriss with Shamrock; and Dave Hutchens with UNS Energy/Tucson Electric Power. Salpointe corporate partners who were not in attendance are GEICO, United Healthcare, US Bank, Waste Management, and Massachusetts Financial Services.

Additionally, the Carlos Valencia Humanitarian Award was given to junior student Natalie Strong for demonstrating exceptional perseverance, compassion and respect. This award commemorates the life of Carlos Valencia, a Salpointe student who took his battle against leukemia public, raising awareness around the life-saving impact of registering as a bone marrow donor.  Carlos died in 2004, but his courage and spirit is celebrated each year through this award.

Junior student Taylor Powell received the Glinski Award for being an exceptional student-athlete who has overcome tribulations to excel both athletically and in the classroom.  This award was created to honor John Glinski, a Salpointe student with tremendous athletic potential who was diagnosed with cancer his
freshman year.  Between cancer treatments, Glinski continued to play sports for Salpointe until he passed away in 1966.

"The Salpointe Heroes Assembly is an opportunity to celebrate the many faces of Salpointe and recognize our exceptional students, along with the generous individuals and businesses who make Salpointe’s values-based, college-prep education possible.  Salpointe is a unique community, and this Lancer tradition highlights how we come together to provide support for tomorrow’s leaders,” said Kay Sullivan, Salpointe president.

Haley Howell '13 makes the news again!

Siena Saints setter Haley Howell ’13 named volleyball MAAC Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this season!  

Salpointe Catholic 63, Rincon/University 0

At Rincon, the visiting Lancers (7-0) took control from the start and beat the winless Rangers (0-7). Senior wide receiver Kaelin Deboskie accounted for four touchdowns, and the Salpointe defense caused three turnovers.

Highlight reel: Salpointe athlete and Arizona Wildcats verbal commit Cameron Denson made two defenders miss on a 74-yard run in the first quarter for a touchdown.

Player of the game: Deboskie. The speedy Salpointe two-way star had an interception, punt return and two receptions for touchdowns.

By the numbers: -3. The Rincon offense was held to minus-3 total yards, thanks to a Lancer defense that has held opponents to an average of 5.29 points a game.

He said it: “We can always get better, but I was happy with the turnover-free game.” — Salpointe coach
Dennis Bene

Salpointe outfielder Colby Wilson competes in All-Academic Game

Salpointe outfielder Colby Wilson and Rincon/UHS pitcher Josh Smutzer competed in the All-Academic Game Thursday night in Peoria. The game was part of the Arizona Senior Fall Classic held at the Padre Practice Fields Peoria Sports Complex. Smutzer and Wilson were selected for the game after an intense tryout earlier that morning. Smutzer pitched for Team Royal and Wilson played for Team Gray. Players from at least seven states and Canada tried out for the game but they had to pass the high academic standard first. Smutzer pitched two innings, had three strike outs, two ground outs and a fly out as the Royal beat Gray in front of college recruiters from various levels from Division I to junior college. Wilson had several at bats in front coaches from Harvard and Dartmouth. Johns Hopkins University and Dartmouth offered Wilson a roster spot. The Junior Fall Classic runs from October 17-20 and the Sophomore Fall Classic from October 24-27. Both events are full!

Prouty and Khan advance in the first stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying school

Salpointe and UA grad Brian Prouty finished third overall in the first stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying school last week at Southern Dunes near Phoenix. He shot rounds of 67-74-69-67 (or 11-under par) to advance to stage two next month. Also advancing were CDO grad David McDaniel, who was eighth overall; Salpointe/UA grad Jonathan Khan, who was 21st; and longtime Tucson pro Jake Rogers, who was 25th in the 80-man field.

Salpointe grad Dylan Furrier is the RMAC Football Defensive Player of the Week

Furrier was a reliable playmaker for the Eagles of Chadrdon State in their 31-0 win over Adams State. He had a game-high 15 tackles, had a sack, strip and fumble recovery all on the same play and added another tackle for loss. He helped a CSC defense record its first shutout since 2008. for full bio!

Brown’s Johnny Pena Named National Football Foundation 2013 National High School Scholar-Athlete

IRVING, Texas The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today the five winners of the 2013 NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Awards, with each recipient selected as the best of the best from his region of the country at the high school level. The five winners, who are now playing college football, are being recognized solely for their accomplishments in high school.

Brown freshman tailback Johnny Pena was the West Region honoree and a 2013 graduate of Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson, Arizona.

"The NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Awards showcase first-class high school football players from across the country," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "This year's honorees have set the standard for
accomplishment on the field, in the classroom and in the community. We are truly proud to honor their success in December."  and

Future U of A golfer Krystal Quihuis headed to PING Invitational

The PING Invitational
October 12-14: Karsten Creek (Stillwater, Oklahoma)
Krystal Quihuis, Salpointe
Hannah O’Sullivan, Xavier
George Cunningham, Tucson (home-schooled)
Golfers from nineteen states, Canada, Taiwan and Mexico will be heading to Stillwater, Oklahoma to compete in the PING Invitational this coming weekend. The invite is part of the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA)season schedule. O’Sullivan is only a sophomore but she won the D-I state title last year and helped Xavier take it’s 30th state championship in the process. Quihuis has won two state titles in a row and led Salpointe to their two championships in the process. Now a senior, Quihuis is finishing up an incredible summer of golf that included making a 25-foot birdie to give Team USA a victory at the Junior Solheim Cupchampionship. Quihuis competed in her final home match for Salpointe on Tuesday at Randolph North and the team celebrated with a senior-night dinner along with her senior teammate AJ Friedman. Quihuis has committed to play for the University of Arizona.

Salpointe follows familiar formula, torches Mountain View

Salpointe Catholic has cruised through the first six games of its season following a familiar formula: Score early, dominate on defense and watch a blowout happen. Quarterback Andrew Cota and Salpointe acted their parts to perfection Friday, beating host Mountain View 56-9 for the Lancers’ sixth straight 30-plus point victory. “We just wanted to press the pedal fast, get out there and show them we’re the team to beat,” receiver Kaelin Deboskie said. “And we did so.” for more of the story.

Andrew Cota sets new Salpointe QB records

Andrew Cota: Salpointe (22-4)
Senior: 6-1/190: Quarterback
Salpointe senior Andrew Cota arrived on the Lancer campus in the summer of 2011 after transferring from
Sunnyside. His sophomore year still stands as one of his best individual performances only because he sat out four games during his junior year due to an injury. How good was Cota as a sophomore? He threw for 252 yards and 2 TDs against the Mitch Fischer edition of Ironwood Ridge. Cota was still on our first-team even during his short junior year due to his production. In fact, we are the only publication that recognized Cota’s abilities and we rewarded him with first-team status during his sophomore and junior years. It is obvious he is on the same path this year. According to Lancer head coach Dennis Bene, Cota passed Max Fritz for total passing yards (2005-2006: 4,447) and touchdowns (Fritz: 39) this year. He also tied Tyler Graunke (2003) for most touchdowns in a game (5).

Pick of the preps: Mountain View will try to slow down Salpointe

Mountain View has one of the area’s best defenses, but will certainly have its hands full when it hosts undefeated and apparently unstoppable Salpointe Catholic on Friday night. Coming off last Friday’s blowout football win over Tempe Marcos de Niza, the Lancers (5-0) and their high-powered offense are averaging 46 points a game behind senior quarterback Andrew Cota and UA verbal commit Cameron Denson. More impressive is the Salpointe defense, which has held opponents to less than six points a game. Mountain
View senior Richie Estrada, who is averaging 138 rushing yards a game, rushed for more than 120 yards in each of the two meetings with Salpointe last season. But the Mountain Lions (3-2) lost both times, including in the Division II state quarterfinals. This may be the best ticket in town Friday night

AIA may move Div. II football state title game here

The UA is negotiating with the Arizona Interscholastics Association to stage at least one state football championship game at Arizona Stadium on the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29. It’s likely that game would be the Division II title game — Salpointe, anyone? The chewed-up grass turfs at University of Phoenix Stadium and Sun Devil Stadium will be virtual dirt tracks by the UA-ASU game on Nov. 30. Salpointe Catholic, which has outscored five opponents 230-28, would be able to play for its first state title in Tucson. Over the last 20 years, Mountain View, Palo Verde and Canyon del Oro have won state championships at Arizona Stadium. The new artificial turf at the field makes it more appealing to the AIA schedule-makers, but a contract has not yet been signed.

Arizona recruiting: WR Cameron Denson stays hot

Salpointe Catholic wide receiver/defensive back Cameron Denson caught six passes for 137 yards — including a 92-yarder — and had an interception in a 40-7 victory over Tempe Marcos de Niza. Denson is the highest-ranked of Arizona’s 24 committed players, according to the ratings from 247Sports.

Salpointe Catholic Football Team beats Marcos de Niza

Salpointe Catholic snapped the four-game winning streak of Marcos de Niza (Tempe, Ariz.), with a 40-7
victory on Saturday. After taking the lead on an Andrew Cota touchdown run in the first quarter, the Lancers were up 33-0 at the half. Salpointe Catholic grew its lead to 40 points entering the fourth quarter. SC's lone score in the quarter came on a Jay Williams touchdown run. The Tucson school scored 21 points in the second quarter on the way to a win. The Lancers scored on a touchdown pass by Cota to Kaelin Deboskie, a defensive touchdown and an Cota touchdown pass to Cameron Denson in the quarter. Marcos de Niza's only touchdown came on a 44-yard pass from Jackson Loney to Kylee Lawrence in the fourth quarter. The defeat comes as a step back for Marcos de Niza, who notched a 23-15 victory over Cesar Chavez in its previous outing. 

Salpointe Catholic was supposed to face its first challenge of the season 

Salpointe 40, Marcos de Niza 7 - We should have seen the train/steamroller/avalanche/semi-truck coming.

Salpointe football’s mother hen also is its strength coach

When Bene and his coaching staff aren’t with the football team, the coach who’s left in charge of helping Salpointe’s players mature physically is Carla Garrett, Salpointe’s strength and conditioning coach. But Garrett goes above and beyond the description of her job title. The very dedicated and wise Garrett also is Salpointe’s mother hen, offering guidance that helps her boys mature emotionally as well. She grew up in a single parent household, and can relate to some of the ups and downs kids can go through, even at a private school such as Salpointe. Oh, did we mention that Garrett also is a female strength coach in a male dominated field? But she doesn’t have to display her resume with her superb feats as a thrower and power lifter to comprehend that Garrett is pro. “For somebody who just met coach Garrett, all it takes is being three minutes with her to understand how serious she is about what she does, Salpointe's senior strong safety/running back Jay Williams said. Arguably the greatest offensive lineman to graduate from Salpointe, USC product Kris O’Dowd, also knew immediately who was in charge when he met Garrett.  for more

Gaona in the Game: Lancers ‘haven’t won anything yet’

Salpointe Catholic’s football team is arguably off to the best start Southern Arizona has ever seen. The 4-0 Lancers beat — blew out, rather — four quality opponents in a matter of 20 days, including last year’s Nevada state runner-up and a Southern California power, both of which they played on the road.Yet, if you ask longtime coach Dennis Bene, they haven’t done anything yet. Even if Salpointe blows out Tempe Marcos de Niza tonight in one of the biggest regular-season games statewide this year, his opinion won’t change.“The kids are committed to what we’re doing, they’re playing hard, they’re coachable, and I think my staff has done a great job,” said Bene, who is in his 13th season as head coach at Salpointe. “I’m pleased where we’re at but, at the same time, we’re 4-0 and haven’t won anything yet. ”He’s right. Salpointe’s goal, of course, is to win a state title….. for more

Salpointe announces new board chairman and board members

Salpointe announces new board chairman and board members

Tucson, Ariz., September 24, 2013—Salpointe Catholic High School is proud to announce the new Chairman of the Board and two new board members.

The Salpointe Board of Directors named Michael Slania, a partner at Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C., and Salpointe past parent, as Salpointe’s new Board Chairman. The school also welcomes two new board members: David G. Hutchens, President and Chief Operating Officer of UniSource Energy Services/Tucson Electric Power, and James Komadina ‘74, recently retired President and COO of Brazauro Resources and CEO of International Tower Hill Mining.

“The Salpointe administration is very pleased with the appointment of these new board members and board chairman. They are high-caliber citizens and will prove instrumental in the advancement of Salpointe and its mission,” said Kay Sullivan, Salpointe president.  “Our new chairman, Mr. Slania, is a natural leader. His passion for Salpointe is apparent through his past involvement with the school and his willingness to undertake this important role during the school’s time of transformation.  His professional expertise and personal investment in Salpointe will be particularly impactful in the coming year as Salpointe completes fundraising efforts for its capital campaign and begins larger-scale construction projects.”

Slania has been involved with the school since 2006 and is serving his second three-year term on the Board of Directors.  He also served five years on the board of the Salpointe Catholic Education Foundation, the non-profit foundation that provides financial support to the school.  His two sons graduated from the school: Dan Slania, Class of 2010 and Matt Slania, Class of 2013.

“The school has undertaken a capital campaign and is in the process of planning for that construction. This is history in the making for Salpointe and it is exciting to be part of the future of the school,” said Slania.  “The board will impact the school in many ways. Adopting a business mentality, the board will help the school reach its goals and get to the next level, creating the most state-of-the-art school and finest educational establishment in the region.”

After four years as Chairman of the Board, during which time the school launched its capital campaign, Dr. Philip Lacovara is passing the gavel to Slania. Lacovara will remain on the Board of Directors committee which will guide the school’s STEM facility and curricular program.

Salpointe’s capital campaign, Building Leaders and Legacy, has raised more than $8.7 million toward its $12 million goal.  The advances will support the implementation of a STEM center, cafeteria, student services center, library/technology center and chapel.

About Salpointe Catholic High School:

Since opening its doors in 1950, Salpointe Catholic has enjoyed a distinguished reputation for its strong curriculum, competitive athletics, highly-acclaimed fine arts, faith-strengthening religious program and spirited co-curricular activities. Salpointe is a Catholic, Carmelite, college-preparatory high school enrolling 1,050 students. Salpointe is accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association and accredited as a college-preparatory school by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 

Salpointe senior outfielder Colby Wilson invited to All-Academic Game tryouts at the Arizona Senior Fall Classic

Colby Wilson met the rigorous academic requirements to be invited to the prestigious All-Academic Game tryouts to be held on October 10 at the Padre Practice Fieldsat the Peoria Sports Complex. Catchers, outfielders, pitchers and infielders will tryout in the morning with the final rosters selected by 4 pm that day for the 6 pm game in front of scouts. 37 outfielders from Nevada, Texas, Colorado, Canada, Wyoming, California and Arizona were invited to the tryout. Wilson was invited by Chicago White Soxscout team coach Bryan Huie.

Salpointe grads shine for Aztecs

2012 and 2013 Star soccer players of the year and childhood friends, Arturo Vega ’13 and Christian Cabello-Garcia ’13, are still playing soccer together, now for Pima College but they will never forget their time as Lancers and those two state championships.  Click to read more………..

Salpointe inducts 10 athletes and two teams to Sports Hall of Fame

Salpointe is hosting its 18th annual Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony, honoring its great student athletes and championing individuals who have motivated others. Inductees will be announced on Friday, September 27 during halftime at the Salpointe vs. Marcos de Niza home football game. A formal dinner and induction ceremony will be held Saturday, September 28 at the Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Drive. Reception begins at 6 pm, and dinner and induction events begin at 7 pm. Click to read about the inductees!

Pick of the preps: Boys golf – Salpointe vs Ironwood Ridge

The last time Salpointe Catholic and Ironwood Ridge met, the host Lancers came out with a two-stroke (147-149) win at Randolph North to open the season. Junior Kenyon Kautz and the Nighthawks will try get some revenge when they host Salpointe at La Paloma at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Kautz had a 1-under 35 in the first meeting with Salpointe to lead I-Ridge, while Lancers freshman Trevor Werbylo had a 2-under 34, the best score of the afternoon.  

Pick of the preps: Lancers return to gridiron with huge matchup

With October right around the corner, the thought of the state playoffs is sure to be in the air this Friday night, the halfway point of the high school football season. That will especially hold true at Salpointe Catholic. UA verbal commit Cameron Denson and the Lancers (4-0) will host Tempe Marcos de Niza at 7 p.m. Friday in one of the biggest games statewide. The two undefeated Division II powers will clash live on Cox channel 7. Salpointe, which has looked flawless on both sides of the ball, will be coming off a bye week following a tremendous start to the season, which included wins over Nevada and California powers on the road. The game could be a preview of the Division II state final later this year and is can’t-miss affair.  

Salpointe’s Quihuis continues to dominate

Salpointe Catholic senior golfer and UA verbal commit Krystal Quihuis continues to dominate has been on top of her game so far this year. The two-time defending individual state champion shot an impressive 3-under 69 in the second day of play at Antigua National Invitational in Scottsdale. Quihuis, who shot a 76 in the
first day, finished third overall, three strokes back. The tournament drew 18 schools from seven different states.

Rebecca Friedman Sweet ’14 is one of 58 local students named National Merit semifinalists

Fifty-eight students from Tucson, Oro Valley and Vail were named National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists. The high school seniors can now compete for 8,000 scholarships totaling about $35 million, and the title of Merit Scholar. Finalists will be announced in February, and winners will be notified beginning in April. Students from each state with the highest scores on their 2012 Preliminary SAT or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test were selected to participate.

Joe Dimercurio ’55 bakes, chats, brightens chemotherapy patients’ day – receives a Ben’s Bell!

Dimercurio, a volunteer at the University of Arizona Cancer Center, was nominated by Emmitt Warner, whose wife receives chemotherapy treatments at the center. Dimercurio’s wife received treatments at the center, and after her death he began volunteering at the center in February 2010, Warner wrote in his nomination letter. When Dimercurio started volunteering, he learned that patients receiving chemo treatments needed someone to talk to and something to eat, because their treatments could last for several hours. “He bakes tons and tons of cookies and passes those around, plus he has fruit that he picks up; he has a cart and he starts going through the wards and he’ll stop and talk to people,” Warner said. “He seems to have a sense of when somebody needs to have somebody sit down and shoot the breeze with them a little bit.” Dimercurio brings the treats twice a week, and if patients’ treatment extends into lunchtime, he takes their lunch orders and picks up food for them in the cafeteria, Warner wrote. “The nurses are extremely helpful and cheerful, but you still see people in the last stages of life and it’s kind of depressing, and Joe really lightens things up,” Warner said.

Dennis Palmer '75 registers a rare double-eagle

Salpointe and UA grad Dennis Palmer ’75 recently shot a double-eagle at Randolph North a club pro who helped to transform the Tubac Golf Resort into one of Southern Arizona’s golfing jewels, has played golf for 43 years. He has had two holes-in-one, including one playing right-handed and another left-handed. But he hit the shot of his life recently at Randolph North. He registered a rare double-eagle at the par-5, No. 9 hole,
as his shot with a utility-club from 204 yards rolled into the cup. Anybody else ever see a double-eagle in Tucson? Pretty rare.

Jonathan Khan '07 advances to Qualifying School

Salpointe and UA grad Jonathan Khan ’07 advanced to the PGA Tour Qualifying School at the PGA West facility in La Quinta, Calif. Khan shot rounds of 74-71-71 in pre-qualifying, 17th of 75 golfers, and will be
eligible for the PGA Tour’s first-stage playoffs next month.

Former Salpointe Standout Haley Howell ’13 named MAAC Rookie of the Week

Siena freshman setter Haley Howell displayed her skills against three of the top teams in the nation at the Texas A&M Invitational and, in doing so, was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Rookie of the Week. Howell averaged 6.3 assists, 2.1 digs and .4 blocks per set while hitting .500 from her setter post. She had 22 assists, six digs and killed three of her five attacks in a 3-0 loss to the host Aggies. Against #16 Florida State, Howell had 17 assists an ace and five digs. She rounded out the weekend by killing both her attacks and dishing out 18 assists against No. 7 Michigan. Howell and the Saints lost all three matches in straight sets, but hung tough, nearly stealing a set against Texas A&M (25-23) and reaching at least 17 points twice against both Florida State and Michigan.

ENGR 102 Gaining Ground in High Schools

Hands on STEM Lessons Focus on Water, Energy, Healthcare

New project-based course materials developed by the College of Engineering and recently introduced to STEM teachers in the University of Arizona’s ENGR 102 HS program are helping prepare high school
teachers throughout the Southwest for rigorous new national science standards. ENGR 102 HS is a partnership with 28 high schools in Arizona and California in which students complete a UA introductory engineering course at their schools for college credit at reduced tuition……..

One of the ways the UA is bringing relevancy to its ENGR 102 HS course, which has grown from one teacher and 21 students at one school in 2008-2009 to 28 schools with about 375 students taking the class today, is through EPICS, Engineering Projects In Community Service. In EPICS, students work with mentors in engineering fields on real-world projects that make a difference."Last year my students worked with all sorts of community partners -- from the Physics Factory, to the Tucson Children's Museum, to the National Forest Service," said Sarah Streb (Salpointe Catholic High School science teacher). “They created things that mattered. They learned how to communicate with real customers, access information and do research to become experts in their fields. The students met real deadlines, and they learned failure was not an option."

Salpointe goes 4-0 the hard way, has look of champion

Across a 20-day period, Salpointe Catholic played four football games, traveling by bus to Las Vegas, by air to Los Angeles, and playing host to two of Tucson’s most traditional football powers, Sabino and Sunnyside.The Lancers won ’em all, 4-0, outscoring four “name” schools 190-21 in what is likely the most impressive start to a football season in Tucson history. As far as I can research, only two Tucson coaches, Amphi’s Vern Friedli and Sabino’s Jeff Scurran (now with Catalina Foothills), ever attempted such a bold opening gauntlet. Rather than take a day off……. for more!

Defense, Denson lead Salpointe Catholic to rout of Sunnyside

Salpointe’s Cameron Denson slips a tackle attempt by Juan Avalos in the first quarter. Denson caught nine passes for 156 yards and had scoring receptions of 22, 30 and 33 yards in the Lancers’ shutout victory.

Salpointe Catholic’s quick-strike aerial offense grabs most of the attention. But for the fourth straight week, the Lancers defense overpowered its opposition.

Thursday night, Southern Arizona’s top team blanked visiting Sunnyside 46-0.

Pick of the Preps: Sunnyside-Salpointe lead Thursday football

After blowing out Encino (Calif.) Crespi 47-7 on Saturday night, the Salpointe Catholic football team appears to be unstoppable. Sunnyside, you’re up next. The Lancers (3-0) will host the Blue Devils Thursday at 7 p.m., and one of the two teams will suffer their first loss of the season. While Salpointe is the heavy favorite to win after dominating its first three opponents, don’t look past Sunnyside. The Blue Devils (2-0) have looked solid
in wins over Gilbert Perry and Glendale Ironwood, both of which had winning records last year. That sets up for an exciting matchup in one of 14 football games involving local teams Thursday night. Teams are playing a day early because of the Yom Kippur holiday, but there will still be a handful of games played Friday night.

Local coaches face off against former schools – Heather Moore-Martin and Scott Tunnell ’07.

Less than three months after leaving Catalina to take over the Salpointe Catholic volleyball teams, Heather Moore-Martin will return to her former school and face the team she coached for more than a decade. Meanwhile, current Catalina coach Scott Tunnell, who replaced Moore-Martin for his first coaching gig, played for the Salpointe boys before graduating in 2007. The two will face off tonight and both have mixed feelings as they coach against the schools they once called home….

Lancers 3-0 after another blowout victory

For the third time in as many weeks — and in as many states — the Salpointe Catholic football team rolled to an easy win. The Lancers trounced host Encino (Calif.) Crespi 47-7 Saturday night, marking the third consecutive game the Lancers have scored ... 

Three quick picks from the Salpointe – Crespi game

Overtime: Salpointe too much for Sabino - next up Crespi Encino

Salpointe Catholic quarterback Andy Cota took the first play from scrimmage and raced 64 yards on the Sabino defense…..the Lancers rolled to a 49-7 win in their home opener…..The victory sets up an interesting road test next Friday night in Southern California against Encino Crespi. The Celts beat Woodland Hills Taft 67-0. GO LANCERS! on KOLD 13 News

The Salpointe Lancers travel to Encino, CA to take on the Crespi Celts Saturday, Sept 7 at 7 p.m. GO LANCERS!

Abby Reuland '13 to get her first start this Friday

Former hitter Abby Reuland to make her starting debut this Friday against the top ranked Concordia-St. Paul squad according to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II preseason poll. Reuland will be leading the 11th ranked Colorado School of Mines from the outside position. When not on the court, Reuland will be carrying an incredible 17.5 engineering credit hours at the top-ranked engineering college. GO ABBY!

Surprised at school today, Alexa Christensen wins scholarship award

A Salpointe Catholic High School senior was surprised in class this afternoon with news that she is the winner of a $10,000 college scholarship.

Alexa Christensen is one of 80 recipients across the country to receive $10,000 from Nordstrom’s TEN4U scholarship program.

Anne Baffert, Christensen's chemistry teacher, nominated her for the honor.

“Alexa was one of the top students in my rigorous honors chemistry class," Baffert said. "She is bright, well organized and highly motivated. She grasps difficult concepts readily and I could always count on her to help her peers who were struggling.”

Christensen is a merit scholar and a member of student council. This summer she pursued her passion in science interning at a pharmacology/toxicology lab through the University of Arizona’s KEYS Research Internship.

She participates in the Governor’s Youth Commission and the National Charity League and volunteers at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Therapeutic Riding of Tucson.

Christensen hopes to major in a science and technical related field for the story.

Sollenberger, Salpointe's Doherty were big part of history

One of Arizona Interscholastic Association historian Barry Sollenberger’s favorite subjects was coaching legend Ed Doherty.

Doherty was the only man in history to lead the programs at Arizona State and Arizona, then developed Phoenix St. Mary’s into a power before winding up his career at Tucson Salpointe Catholic as coach and athletic director.Doherty, who passed away in 2000, and Sollenberger, who died in 2005, are linked this weekend with the playing of Saturday night’s (Aug. 24) second game of the Sollenberger Classic at Fertitta Field on the campus of Bishop Gorman High School.

A man who remembers Sollenberger and who knew Doherty even better is Salpointe coach Dennis Bene. for more of the story.

Sollebberger Classic - Salpointe rolls on road in opener, wins by 41

With a chance to make a statement in front of a national audience, Salpointe did just that and more.  Salpointe 48 – Liberty 7 and for more.

Salpointe crushes Las Vegas' Liberty, 48-7 Arizona Republic

Salpointe Catholic romps, completes Arizona sweep at Sollenberger MaxPreps

Dynamic duo lifts Salpointe past Liberty in Sollenberger Arizona Sports

Liberty's inexperience results in long night, lopsided defeat to Arizona school  Las Vegas Sun

Cota turns in prolific performance in Lancer's opener Arizona Sports

Salpointe Catholic's air attack too much for Liberty  Nevada Preps


Tucson teen Lizzie Bell '13 has 'a new life' after transplant

Life for Lizzie Bell is looking up. The 19-year-old Salpointe Catholic High School graduate underwent a bone marrow transplant at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis a month ago, and the
lifesaving measure was deemed successful. “She has been given something that not everybody is given — a new life,” Dr. Jakub Tolar said in a Friday telephone interview. for more.

With talented trio Denson, Deboskie and Wilson, Salpointe takes to the air.

Ten years ago, Salpointe Catholic’s Dennis Bene coached one of the most prolific passing attacks Southern Arizona has ever seen. Senior quarterback Tyler Graunke threw for a 5A state-record 3,372 yards and city-record 38 touchdowns while receivers Rocco Bene and Jack Darlington became the first duo in state history to each pass the 1,000-yard mark.As Bene has gotten ready for this season, he couldn’t help but experience déjà vu.With a trio of star senior receivers made up of UA verbal commit Cameron Denson; Kaelin Deboskie, a
transfer from Colleyville, Texas; and Robby Wilson, who Bene considers to also be a college-level receiver.
“It’s really a blessing having Cameron, Kaelin and Robby on the same team,” senior quarterback Andrew
Cota said. “Those are three dynamic weapons I can get the ball to any play.”
With those three going
along with an experienced and hungry Cota, Bene wouldn’t be surprised if 2003 happened all over again. for more.

Krystal Quihuis '14 is featured in Sports Illustrated

Salpointe golfer, Krystal Quihuis ’14 is featured in the Faces In The Crowd section of the August 26, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated.  

Krystal, a senior at Salpointe Catholic, sank a 20-footer for birdie on the 18th hole at Inverness Golf Club in Englewood, Colo., to clinch the Junior Solheim Cup for the U.S. over Europe 14.5-9.5. In July she went 4-0
to help the West beat the East in the Wyndham Cup. A two-time state champion, Krystal is verbally committed to Arizona.

For UA coaches’ sons, it’s a crash course in football – meet Jeff and Jake ’14 Casteel

A little more than seven miles southwest of Foothills, the heart and soul of the Salpointe Catholic High School defense learned his trade from a man who knows defense like Rodriguez knows offense. Jake Casteel, the 5-foot-10-inch, 200-pound son of UA defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel and a senior at Salpointe, began doing linebacker drills in his backyard in Morgantown, W.V., with his dad in the fifth grade. Since, he’s developed into one of the best high school players in Tucson. He’s taken on the traits of his father. The younger Casteel is tough, quiet, easy to be around and intense — like his dad. “Since he was a little guy, he’s wanted to play football,” Jeff Casteel said. “It’s fun to watch him. It’s been fun to watch him grow into a young man and into a football player. “Obviously I think every parent thinks their kid is a good kid, but he’s a really good one
and he’s an easy-going guy and he gets along with everyone.” for more.

Salpointe Catholic can’t wait for Sollenberger matchup

Salpointe plays in the second game of the Sollenberger on Saturday at Bishop Gorman's Fertitta Field when the Lancers will find Liberty (Henderson, Nev.) on the other sideline. Watch
at 7:07 p.m. Saturday, Aug 24 on Fox Sports Arizona and on demand.

Experienced Williams ready to help on offense, too

The rundown: Jay Williams, RB/S, 5-9, 180, Salpointe Catholic, senior

Who he is: A four-year varsity player, Williams went from Pop Warner to practicing against and playing
with some of the state’s best high school players and plenty of Division-I bound talent at Salpointe. Working with both the freshman and junior varsity in the summer of 2010, Williams caught the varsity coaches’ attention and was invited to try out. Within weeks, Williams had worked his way into a starting
spot at safety by the opener which he’s held for the past three seasons. With over 30-plus starts under his belt, Williams has become a natural leader for the Lancers. Averaging 60 tackles and three takeaways per season, Williams has successively earned Southern Arizona honorable mention, second-team and most
recently first-team honors in 2012. For the first time in his Salpointe career, Williams is also expected to see time on offense as part of a time-share at running back. for more.

Salpointe student artists complete beautification project

This summer, two Salpointe Catholic High School seniors, Marian Bustillos and Estefan Gallardo, were selected along with six other local high school artists to work on a Ward 3 beautification project coordinated by the Tucson Pima Arts Council (TPAC) and funded by the Pima Association of Governments (PAG) Transportation Art by Youth Program in partnership with the Tucson Department of Transportation.

The teens worked with two local professional sculptors - metal artist Jason Butler and ceramic artist Hiro Tashima. The eight young artists learned how to weld, cast colored concrete and create large public works of art from initial design to commissioning and dedication. The sculpture is located on the corner of First Avenue and Navajo Street (just north of First and Ft. Lowell). Congratulations Lancers!

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Cota beats you with arm, intelligence for Salpointe.

Andrew Cota
• The rundown: Andrew Cota, QB, 6-0, 192, Salpointe, senior
• Who he is: An experienced and athletic field general with an embarrassment of riches at his disposal. Cota enters his third season at quarterback for the Lancers with another talent-filled roster and high expectations, but also with something to prove. Cota missed four games last season with a broken forearm, dampening what otherwise was a solid season. Now a senior, Cota returns with a scar slicing down his left arm and a chip on his shoulder…… for more.

Imposing lineman O’Dowd dominated for Lancers, Trojans

O’Dowd may be the most decorated lineman to come out of Southern Arizona…..
Salpointe all- time Top 10 by the Star’s Daniel Gaona and for the picture gallery.
1. Kris O'Dowd, OL/DL, 2007
2. Jeff Heidrick, FB/LB, 1982
3. Chris Hopkins, RB/DB, 1992
4. John Fina, OL/DL, 1987
5. Tyler Graunke, QB, 2004
6. Joe Rowley, RB/DB, 1983
7. Frank Garcia, ATH/P/K, 1975
8. Herbie Jones, FB/LB, 1965
9. Rich Ellerson, OL/DL, 1972
10. Johnny Peña, RB/LB, 2013

Fab five for Class of 2014 includes three Lancers: Crunkleton Wilson, Quihuis and Denson

Michaela Crunkleton Wilson, track, Salpointe.  She can write her ticket to any of the Pac-12's leading track and field schools, among them Stanford, Arizona and USC. Crunkleton Wilson won the state championship in the 100, 200 and 400 meters this year, and the 100 and 200 meters as a sophomore. Her career best at 100 meters is a blazing 11.83.

Krystal Quihuis, Salpointe, golf.  The leading girls golfer in Tucson since Sahuaro's Cindy Rarick35 years ago, Quihuis is a two-time defending state champion who has already accepted a scholarship from Arizona
coach Laura Ianello. Quihuis' career moment came last week when her 25-foot birdie putt clinched Team USA's Junior Solheim Cup victory over Europe.

Cameron Denson, football, Salpointe.  As a Lancer junior, Denson rushed for 1,026 yards, most as an emergency QB, and caught 37 passes. He chose Arizona over Notre Dame and Oklahoma, among others. for more.

Salpointe Catholic begins its football season Saturday night in Las Vegas

Salpointe Catholic begins its football season Saturday night in Las Vegas, against Liberty High School, the start to a three-game stretch as difficult as any Tucson team has likely ever encountered. Dennis Bene's Lancers
follow the Nevada game with an Aug. 30 home showdown against powerful Sabino, and then goes to Crespi High in Encino, Calif., on Sept. 7. But Salpointe is so deep that Bene is likely to start just four players both ways: Cameron Denson at receiver and in the secondary; sophomore center and defensive tackle Justin Holt;
running back/defensive back Jay Williamsand linebacker/fullback Taylor Powell. Saturday's game will be televised by Fox Sports Arizona.

Salpointe’s Quihuis ’14 leads USA Golf to title

ENGLEWOOD, CO. – Salpointe Catholic golfer Krystal Quihuis sank a 25-foot putt from the fringe of the green on the 18th hole of her match against Italy's Virginia Elena Carta to clinch a third consecutive victory for Team USA over Europe in the PING Junior Solheim Cup.

The Americans won the Cup with a score of 14.5-9.5. The day began in a 6-6 tie, but the Americans claimed seven singles matches and halved three to win.  Click   and for more!

Event aids cancer research, honors Will Zarifi’s (’05) unbreakable spirit

This is the kind of guy Will Zarifi was: Even though he found out he had brain cancer on Feb. 19, 2007, he later called it the luckiest day of his life. "William related life to a game of poker," said Sami Zarifi, Will's younger brother and the founder and president of WillPower. "He said everyone was dealt a hand and his was great to start with, but the diagnosis allowed him to come down to Earth and understand that everything is chance. Immediately his poker hand changed from great to not-so-fortunate. He said that it was a shame that in order to truly live, one must first encounter what it is like to be near death." WillPower is a line of University of Arizona-licensed clothing created as testament to Will's strength, courage and determination. Will, a Salpointe Catholic High School graduate who was diagnosed in his sophomore year at the University of Southern California, showed everyone who knew him that while cancer might strip people of physical strength, it can't take their willpower - the essence that comes from within.

Read more about Will and the Willie Z 3-On-3 Basketball Tournament at Salpointe Aug 31-Sept 1.  

Casteel a disruptive force on D

Jake Casteel is a LB, 5-10, 205, Salpointe Catholic senior. He is A disciplined, instinctual linebacker with a nose for the ball. Casteel emerged as a defensive anchor in his first season at Salpointe, recording 110 tackles for the 12-2 Lancers. Salpointe shut down its opponents last season, allowing less than 12.0
points per game, and should continue its dominance with Casteel back for his senior season. Casteel said he can't be satisfied with his success last season and has worked on improving his quickness over the offseason. Some added hop in Casteel's step should help the Lancers on offense as well, as coach Dennis Bene said he will be part of a four-back rotation this year as Salpointe tries to replace the graduated Johnny Peña.
• Proof he's good: His big-play ability. nside linebackers are usually known for being tackle machines, but Casteel also brings with him some added flair. He had six sacks, five fumble recoveries and three interceptions last season and said the knack for the big play comes from his football instincts. This shouldn't come as a surprise since Jake's father, Jeff Casteel, is the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at
Arizona. So far, Jake has received no Div. I scholarship offers, but he's talked with several schools, including Cornell, and has an offer from Division II West Virginia Wesleyan.
• He said it: "We've had good athletes that weren't necessarily good football players. Jake is a really, really good football player. He understands the game, he understands his assignment, he's very disciplined and, you know, he's tough."- Bene for the story.

Don't worry Salpointe fans.........

Sollenberger Classic broadcast scheduled; Fox Sports 1 on board
Don't worry Tucson Salpointe fans. Fox Sports Arizona will carry the finale of Saturday's (August 24th)
Sollenberger Classic between Salpointe and Liberty High in Las Vegas at 7:07 p.m.
Local AM radio station NBS Sports 1060 and also will broadcast the games. The webcasts will be on

Explosive Denson is key to Salpointe state title run

Cameron Denson, a verbal commit to the UA and the heavy favorite to win Southern Arizona offensive player of the year is a WR/DB, 6-0, 170, Salpointe senior. He is a two-way star and the main weapon on an explosive Lancer offense. Denson is entering his senior year hungry for a state title…..

Griffin is newest Pima judge

A new judge was sworn in Friday at an investiture ceremony at Pima County Superior Court. Judge Brenden Griffin (Salpointe Class of 1987) officially took the bench after Gov. Jan Brewer announced his appointment in May. Presiding Pima County Superior Court Judge Sarah R. Simmons swore in Griffin. He will preside over criminal cases. Griffin is a graduate of the University of San Diego Law School and worked as a judicial clerk at the Illinois Court of Appeals. He was an attorney with Lewis and Roca from 1996 to 2011 and later with Gabroy, Rollman and Bosse until his appointment to the bench.

Salpointe's coach: Quihuis as good as any

Nothing that Krystal Quihuis accomplishes anymore really surprises Mike Hultquist (Salpointe 1975), the associate head coach for Salpointe Catholic's girls golf team. Hultquist has been around the Lancers for a while, and he coached Sara Brown ’04, an LPGA vet and former Michigan State standout. But nobody, he said, is like Krystal Quihuis. for more of the story.

Sean Aiken ’02 is one of Tucson’s top young community leaders to be honored

The 40 under 40 award recognizes young leaders in Tucson who are making an impact in the community with their professional and charitable work.  Sean Aiken, Salpointe Class of 2002, is head of school at Basis Oro Valley. The awards will be presented on October 12 at The Doubletree near Reid Park.

‘Really special’ time for Salpointe grad – John Entz ’88

What happens when you start a network from scratch? You receive more than 2,000 résumés in six months or so, make 200 hires, from marketing to programming to production, and add a bunch of freelancers. You come up with shows, concepts and segments. You don't sleep - especially when you have three daughters, ages 8, 4 and 1, at home. And you get eager. Really,really eager. ..... for more of the story.

Augie Busch '94 named Virginia's head swimming and diving coach

Former Houston head coach will lead Cavaliers
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. -  Virginia athletic director Craig Littlepage announced Wednesday (July 10) that Augie Busch, head coach of Houston's women's squad for the past two seasons, has been named the head coach of the Cavalier men's and women's swimming and diving teams.  Click   for more! 

USA Baseball: Jio Orozco ’15 is selected to 17U National Team Development Program.

USA Baseball announced the 40-man roster for the 17U National Team Development Program following the conclusion of the 17U East and West National Team Championships held in Florida and Arizona.

After evaluating over 6,000 athletes, Andre Jackson (Cienega/Show Baseball), Jio Orozco ’15 (Salpointe/520 Elite) and Sati Santa Cruz (Sahuarita/520 Elite) were named to the roster during a selection show held online by USA Baseball on Sunday.

The week-long program will be held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina from August 12-16. According to USA Baseball, players will participate in skill-development sessions and various off-field educational components including guest speakers, instructors and intrasquad Red vs. Blue games.

Orozco was on the 15U National Team last year and his trading card is still available from

Click for more!

Kelly Pierce Kearns ’99 is not your average soccer mom

Kelly Kearns is a soccer mom, just not in the conventional sense.

Instead of driving her team around in a minivan, she drives her team with a hard-working attitude.

Rather than dispensing orange slices at halftime, Kearns dispenses slicing passes from the backline.

Wearing the captain's armband, the mother of three has helped Tucson Soccer Academy FC bolt out to a 5-0 start in its first season in the Women's Premier Soccer League.

In the process, the former Salpointe High School and Pima College standout is turning this summer into the Indian summer of her soccer career. It even includes her own little personal cheering section......

Click for more of the story.

Ex-Lancer Slania signs with Giants

Salpointe grad Dan Slania ’10 signed a $283,500 bonus with the San Francisco Giants after saving 13 games with a 1.21 ERA at Notre Dame this year. The Giants selected him in the fifth round.

WHERE WE LIVE: MENLO PARK where ‘Everybody knows everybody’

Lillian Lopez-Grant ’58 has lived in the shadow of Sentinel Peak for much of her life.  Lillian moved into the neighborhood in 1945 at the age of 5. Her parents hailed from Nayarit, Mexico. Read more about Lillian’s life and her neighborhood.

Lydia Kennedy ’89 works to help you reactivate your wardrobe

Within Lydia Kennedy’s business, Reactivate New and Used Activewear, she stands behind one model – our customer’s success is our success.

In the 800-square-foot store that is open Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., located at 2782 N. Campbell Ave., the walls are filled with sports clothing and footwear of all different shapes and sizes from cycling to soccer. But those clothes and shoes are there because of her customers.

The store’s name explains exactly what she does with new and very lightly used sports clothing – she reactivates it.

Teen hoping transplant makes life picture-perfect

Lizzie Bell is savoring moments. Moments spent with family and friends watching movies or taking photographs. Moments enjoying Mexican food or basking in Tucson's heat - the sun that warms her body, which is usually cold. It is these moments that Lizzie, 19, would rather live and talk about. She doesn't want to think much about what's ahead. Lizzie was born with Diamond-Blackfan anemia, a rare disorder that prevents her body from producing sufficient red blood cells. Lizzie, a recent Salpointe Catholic High School graduate and aspiring photographer, has been in and out of hospitals since she was a baby fighting the rare disease, which requires blood transfusions every two weeks. for more of the story.

Salpointe’s Justin Holt emerges on the football recruiting scene

Among those emerging in the football recruiting scene this summer is Salpointe sophomore-to-be Justin Holt, son of 1980s UA starting defensive lineman Julius Holt. At USC's invitation, Justin is scheduled to attend the Trojans' Rising Stars Camp next weekend in Los Angeles. He earlier attended RichRod's Big Man camp this month.

Salpointe, Sabino will open season at same time as UA

In an unfortunate piece of scheduling, state title football contenders Salpointe Catholic and Sabino will play Aug. 30 at Salpointe, the same night Arizona and NAU meet at Arizona Stadium. The more entertaining game is likely to be the one at Salpointe. The Lancers last weekend won the 48-team summer league passing tournament in San Diego among teams from California, Arizona and Utah. Dennis Bene's squad went 9-0. "This was really big for our kids," said Bene.

Ochoa '99 and Tucson's Frost going way, way east

Stephen Ochoa ’99 and co-founder's Frost A Gelato Shoppe going way, way east.  A Kuwaiti businessman, in love with gelato, will open the first Middle Eastern outpost of Frost in August.

Denson still a Wildcat, Deboskie lands on offer

Even with Alabama calling, Salpointe’s Denson sticks with UA Wildcats.  Lancer Kaelin Deboskie also lands an offer from UA!  6.13.13

Salpointe teacher breaks an American and World record

Salpointe faculty member, Becki Peduchi Major and her Masters relay team members broke not only the American record but the World record last Friday night at the Ford Aquatics Southwest Classic held at the University of Arizona.

37 Lancer athletes picked for the 2013 spring sports all-stars list

Girls Track and Field
Athlete of the Year: Alyssa Thompson
First Team:  Michaela Crunkleton Wilson - 100, 200, 400, Alyssa Thompson - Long Jump, Triple Jump, 100 Hurdles, 300 Hurdles
Second Team: Diana Gajda – 400
Honorable Mention: Vanessa Sabel, Haylee Thompson

Boys Track and Field
First Team: Andy Trouard – 3,200
Second Team: David Baxter – 300 Hurdles
Honrable Mention: Jeff Gautreau

Boys Volleyball
Player of the Year: Jimmy Gehrels
Coach of the Year: Amy Johnson
First Team: Jimmy Gehrels, Ryan Callaghan, Austin Leeser
Second Team: Kevin Vock
Honorable Mention: Billy Early

First Team: Annie Scarangella – INF
Second Team: Emily Griffin – P, Hannah DeLuna – OF
Honorable Mention: Allie Curtis, Denae Fisher, Ashley Broder, Megan Flores

First Team: Michael Hoard – C
Second Team: Ryan Ramsower – INF
Honorable Mention: Marcus Catalano, Adam Montano, Jio Orozco, Cole Delgado

Girls Tennis
First Team: Caroline Amos – Singles
Second Team: Nicole Whinery/Maeve McGeorge – Doubles
Honorable Mention: Isabelle Anaya

Boys Tennis
First Team: Yash Parikh – Singles, Tyler Linscott/Andrew Dunn – Doubles
Second Team: Brandon Gerber – Singles
Honorable Mention: Jack Amos

Click for the complete lists  and for more on our Players of the Year!  GO LANCERS!

Slania selected by the San Francisco Giants

Notre Dame pitcher Dan Slania ’10 was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 26th pick of the 5th round and #162 overall in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Steele Foundation, Brown Foundation gifts total $1.5M in support of Salpointe's new state-of-the-art STEM Center

Steele Foundation, Brown Foundation gifts total $1.5M in support of Salpointe’s new state-of-the-art STEM Center

Tucson, Ariz., May 30, 2013The Steele Foundation and the Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation recently made commitments totaling $1,500,000 to Salpointe Catholic High School’s Building Leaders and Legacy capital campaign. The grants, $1,000,000 from Steele Foundation and $500,000 from the Brown Family Foundation, are in support of the school’s new Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Center.  

At the request of the Steele Foundation, the center will be named “The Cracchiolo Family Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Center” in honor of Joseph U. Cracchiolo and the multi-generational Cracchiolo-Salpointe relationship. The Brown Foundation has selected the STEM Chair in Engineering in honor of Thomas R. Brown, who deeply valued his engineering education. The STEM center facility and curriculum are among the hallmarks of the school’s capital campaign. The center will be fully functional during the 2014-2015 school year.

To date, Salpointe has raised $8,150,000 toward its $10,000,000+ capital campaign goal. Other seven-figure campaign gifts include $1,500,000 from the Salpointe Catholic Education Foundation and $1,000,000 from Jeff and Sharon Sayre Stevens. Mrs. Stevens is an alumna of the Salpointe class of 1981.

“The Steele Foundation recognizes that an integrated STEM curriculum provides an important foundation for students in all areas of learning,” said Marianne Cracchiolo Mago, President of the Steele Foundation. “The Foundation’s investment in Salpointe is in honor of my uncle, Joseph U. Cracchiolo. My uncle believed that if you can ignite a spark of interest in students’ minds, you have found the path to their future. We applaud Salpointe for taking on this challenge and hope to see sparks flying from the STEM Center.”

The Brown Family Foundation focused on the faculty professional development aspect of STEM by investing in the “Create and Endow” STEM Engineering Chair. This gift funds both initial and continuing program development and sustainability. “We are enthusiastic about supporting a transformational approach that integrates best practices from multiple sources to create a whole new way of teaching. Especially important to us is the fact this work can help other schools design more effective programs too,” said the Foundation’s President, Sarah Brown Smallhouse.

The Cracchiolo Family STEM Center is unique to Southern Arizona. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, collaborators and effective communicators. Relying on project-based, problem-based learning methodology, the STEM center will embrace the recently released National Academies of Sciences’ Next Generation Science Standards, common core standards, and career and technical education standards. Two nationally recognized educational non-profit organizations, Project Lead the Way ( and the Buck Institute for Education ( are advising Salpointe’s STEM curriculum design and faculty professional development.

The Cracchiolo Family STEM Center will utilize local scientists, entrepreneurs, innovators, industry leaders and university partners, especially the University of Arizona, in the formation of a community board to help guide curriculum, evaluate projects, provide mentorships, and offer real world problem solving experience to students. The goal of the program is to form students who have the necessary skills, knowledge, confidence and passion to be tomorrow’s leaders in Southern Arizona and the world.

“Salpointe is leading the way in STEM and we are immensely grateful for the remarkable investments of the Steele Foundation and Thomas R. Brown Foundation in this important endeavor,” said Kay Sullivan, president of Salpointe. “The Cracchiolo Family STEM Center will prepare Lancers for higher level education and professional careers in the STEM disciplines, meeting a critical industry need. Our STEM center will ultimately offer a model or template that can be replicated in other secondary schools. Salpointe is proud to be a leader in the advancement of STEM in our community.”

Salpointe’s STEM program, under the direction of department chair Brenda Wolpa, is designed to break the gender bias in the science and engineering fields. “Salpointe is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive science and engineering education for all students,” said Wolpa.  “This is an opportunity to expose every student to the wonders of science and all its potential, especially our young women who are historically less likely to pursue science-related careers.  Exposure to this hands-on way of learning increases interest and confidence in these fields, and we expect to see a sharp rise in the number of Salpointe graduates pursuing STEM at the college level.”

Salpointe’s STEM program comes at a critical time. Arizona ranks 37th in science proficiency in the nation, according to STEMConnector, Arizona’s K-12 Report Card, 2011. The same report indicates that in Arizona alone, more than 166,000 STEM jobs will need to be filled by 2018.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor, only 5% of U.S. workers are employed in STEM-related fields, yet these jobs are responsible for nearly 50% of our country’s sustained economic expansion.

“Now is the time to invest in STEM studies.  If we want to keep our country and our community competitive in the fastest-growing global fields, we must invest now,” said Marianne Cracchiolo Mago. “We believe that Salpointe’s Cracchiolo Family STEM Center has the capacity to change lives for thousands of eager learners by increasing passion and interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

Mindae Russell
Director of Advancement
Salpointe Catholic High School

Brenda Wolpa

Science Department Chair and STEM Coordinator

About Salpointe Catholic High School:
Since opening its doors in 1950, Salpointe Catholic has enjoyed a distinguished reputation for its strong curriculum, competitive athletics, highly-acclaimed fine arts, faith-strengthening religious program and spirited co-curricular activities. Salpointe is a Catholic, Carmelite college-preparatory high school enrolling 1,100 students. The school is certified by the Western Catholic Educational Association and accredited as a college-preparatory school by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tucson teen shutterbug volunteers, takes photos

There's a teenager in Tucson who has an eye for adventure and a passion for people. Salpointe Catholic High School student, Alexandra Brittenham, is Paying it Forward. Alexandra spends her summers overseas, teaching school children. Alexandra spends her summers overseas, teaching school children. On every adventure, she takes her camera. "I've been to Cambodia and then I went to India last summer... and this summer I'm going to Bali," Brittenham said.

When Alexandra's home in Tucson, she's volunteering her time.

"At the beginning of the year, every Wednesday, I'd go read books to kids at El Rio hospital. And then, Mondays, I'd go with my mom to feed the homeless," she said.

Every step of the way, Alexandra is taking photographs. Black and whites, and colors. Last month, she had her first showing at the Parlour on Fourth Avenue.

When Alexandra graduates high school, she hopes to study photojournalism in college. After that, she'd like to join the Peace Corp and eventually, get a job with National Geographic. For Alexandra, there's so much to gain.

"You get to meet all these cool people, and you get to meet other volunteers that like doing the same thing you do. And you're gonna make a difference in other kids' lives by sharing your knowledge with them. By the end of the month that you're there. You can say that you've taught each kid at least one thing." KVOA Channel 4

College Baseball: Ex-Salpointe pitcher expects to be drafted

Dan Slania '10 will hear his name called during the Major League Baseball draft early next month. Shortly after, he will likely begin his trek through professional baseball.

Considering that just 3 1/2 years ago, the former Salpointe Catholic standout was more concerned with throwing and catching a football than a baseball, it's a bit of a surprise…..Click for more of the story.  Arizona Daily Star 5.23.13

Julia goes to Washington!

Julia Blase ’05 is one of eight to be selected for the 2013-14 National Digital Stewardship Residency, presented by the Library of Congress, Office of Strategic Initiatives and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The mission of the NDSR is to build a dedicated community of professionals who will advance our nation’s capabilities in managing, preserving, and making accessible the digital record of human achievement. Residents will have the opportunity to develop, apply, and advance their digital stewardship knowledge and skills in real-world settings. Starting in September 2013, these paid residency experiences will be hosted in Washington, D.C. area institutions, including the Library of Congress. Julia will be working at the National Security Archive on the Digital Dissemination Challenge project. She will be carrying out a diagnostic of and proposing improvements to the National Security Archive’s digital asset ingestion, management, and dissemination process. She will also complete an intensive two-week digital stewardship immersion workshop at the Library of Congress and, throughout the year, will attend a series of guest lectures and actively participate in the collaborative education community established by the residency program. At the conclusion of the program, Julia will present a summary of her project to a national audience at a professional conference.

Livingston runs for the fallen
West Point graduate, 1st Lt. Bryce Livingston, 73rd Transportation Company operations officer and Salpointe Class of 2006, participated in the Virginia Run for the Fallen, a four-day, 236-mile relay from Fort Story in Virginia Beach to a final ceremony at the Arlington National  Cemetery. Bryce logged more miles than he’s ever done in four days, a total of 117, and averaged 29 miles a day with the pace consistently between 8:00 and 9:30 per mile. The runners stopped at every mile marker to honor a specific individual who was lost in service to our country, with family members of the fallen honored at those mile marks and there to greet the runners.
Graziano signs with Pepperdine

Salpointe Catholic standout swimmer Laura Graziano, a four-year high school state finalist for individual and relay events, and 2012 team captain who helped lead Salpointe Women’s Swim Team to first ever state title, signed to swim at Pepperdine University.

Laura is also the 2012 recipient of the Rebarchak Memorial Award. The award is given annually by Salpointe swim coaches to one swimmer who best exemplifies leadership, team unity, inspiration and a positive attitude.

Laura also swims with Tucson Ford Dealer Aquatics club team. 5.11.13

Gibes, Muller and Tucson Jazz Institute take 1st
Lancer trumpet players, Anthony Gibes ’14 and Dominic Muller ’13, and the Tucson Jazz Institute (TJI) competed in the 18th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival at the Duke Ellington Center in New York City. TJI took first place in the competition and the trumpet section (which Anthony and Dominic are a part of) was selected as one of four “Outstanding Trumpet Section(s)".
Salpointe cruises to girls state title

Michaela Crunkleton-Wilson won the 100, 200 and 400 meter races to sweep the sprint events and Alyssa Thompson won the 100 and 300 hurdles, the long-jump and the triple jump as the Lady Lancers captured their second consecutive girls track and field state crown! For more of the story click Daily Star 5.12.13

Griffin one of three Tucson lawyers appointed Pima judges

Tucson attorney Brenden Griffin ’87 has been appointed to the Pima County Superior Court.

No ifs, ands or putts,...Prouty and Khan advance

Lancers, Brian Prouty ’02 and Jonathan Khan ’07 are two of five golfers to advance from a field of 84 in Wednesday’s U.S. Open qualifying round at Tucson National.

State Track and Field: Trouard injured, Thompson advances

State Track and Field:  …..Salpointe Catholic senior Andy Trouard, a triple state champion last year, was the favorite to win the race again but didn't run because of what he believes is a stress fracture in his left foot…..Salpointe senior Alyssa Thompson was the lone local winner on the girls side and has a chance to go out a quadruple champion. She won the Division II girls triple jump with a personal best of 39 feet, 7 inches. "I was glad I did better than last year. That was my main goal over winning the thing," said Thompson, who also qualified for both hurdles finals Saturday. "I just wanted to better my last year's PRs and this season PRs, which I did." Finals are on Saturday………..

Track and Field: State meet today! Thompson, Crunkleton Wilson and Gajda going for gold

Congratulations to Softball, Volleyball and Lacrosse for a great season! You make us proud!  Track and Field: Trio hope to lead Salpointe girls to repeat – Alyssa Thompson ’13, Michaela Crunkleton Wilson ’14 and Diana Gajda ’14 hope for second consecutive State title.

Lancers wash up for rematch with CDO

Softball State tournament: Lady Lancers are  still in the game - this time with clean uniforms! – next vs CDO @ 6:30 tonight at Cherry Field.

Courtney Amos '12 Helps Yale to Ivy Championship, NCAA Tournament

NCAA Women’s Tennis
Yale University
May 3, 2013
Contact: Sam Rubin, 203-432-1456 (office) or 203-314-2668 (cell)

Courtney Amos (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic) Helps Yale to Ivy Championship, NCAA Tournament

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Courtney Amos (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic), a freshman on the Yale women’s tennis team, has been a part of the Bulldogs’ Ivy League championship season that has earned them a spot in the NCAA Tournament next weekend. Yale, ranked No. 35 in the country, plays a first-round match Saturday May 11 at 10:00 a.m. vs. No. 23 Georgia Tech at the University of Florida.

Amos has gone 8-3 in singles in dual matches this spring, all at the No. 6 spot. She also has won five of her last six doubles matches, including a pair of wins at the No. 3 spot with junior Annie Sullivan (Deerfield, Ill./Woodlands Academy) in the last two matches of the regular season.

Yale (17-3) went 6-1 in the Ivy League to claim the eighth Ivy League title and fourth NCAA Tournament berth in school history. The Bulldogs shared the Ivy title with No. 55 Columbia this year.

The winner of Yale’s match with Georgia Tech plays Sunday May 12 at 1:00 p.m. against the winner of the match between No. 1 Florida and Marist.

Boys tennis takes State runner-up trophy and softball and volleyball advance

Salpointe boys tennis takes the State Runner-up Trophy!  Thanks for a thrilling season Lancers!

#8 Salpointe boys volleyball advances to State quarterfinals -  Tuesday, May 7 vs #1 Phoenix Desert Vista

Lady Lancers advance to play Peoria Sunrise Mountain at Rose Mofford Sports Complex Monday to pull within a win of the State softball championship game.

Tennis State semis today

Salpointe's boys and girls teams will both be playing in the Division I semifinals which are at Scottsdale Ranch Park starting at noon with the girls. The boys play at 3 p.m. GO LANCERS!

Former Lancer named to Golden Spikes watch list

Salpointe Catholic grad and Notre Dame junior closer Dan Slania was named to the midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list.  Slania recorded his 26th career save with the Irish on April 24 to set a school record. He has a ridiculous 0.25 ERA and 10 saves in 19 appearances this year!  Arizona Daily Star 5.3.13

Softball: Lancers have smell of success despite unwashed uniforms - Lancers advance to State Quarterfinals

Division II State Softball: Salpointe 9, Ironwood Ridge 5
There's a stench coming from the Salpointe Catholic dugout. "It's pretty rank in there," said Lancers coach Stacy Schulte. "You don't want to know how smelly it is in there," said pitcher Emily Griffin. Well, Salpointe hasn't washed its jerseys since losing to Canyon del Oro 4-3 on April 23. "It's smelly, but true," Schulte said. "We played so well against CDO that the girls just felt there was a different kind of energy, and since then they haven't washed their uniforms." It seems to be working, as the No. 12 Lancers advanced to the Division II state quarterfinals with a 9-5 win over No. 4 Ironwood Ridge at Cherry Field Wednesday night.  Click for more of the story. Arizona Daily Star 5.2.13

Softball and Tennis move ahead in State playoffs

Tennis:#13 Salpointe 5, #5 Phoenix Pinnacle 4 – Lady Lancers pull off 2nd straight upset. Next vs Xavier with championship berth on the line.

Tennis:#3 Salpointe 5, #6 Scottsdale Chaparral 0: Yash Parikh, Andrew Dunn, Brandon Gerber, Jack Amos and Joe Rucker all won in straight sets to lead the Lancers to Friday’s semifinals. Next vs Chandler Hamilton.  Go Lancers!

Softball:#12 Salpointe 6, #5 Phoenix Paradise Valley 1: At Paradise Valley, senior captain Emily Griffin pitched a complete game with 13 strikeouts, junior Denae Fisher hit three doubles and freshman Brianna Aguilar-Beaucage homered as the Lancers ended Paradise Valley’s 10-game winning streak.  Next vs Ironwood Ridge today. Go Lancers!

Raising hope and funds – Nick Palomares ’10 keeps a positive attitude as he continues his fight against cancer

When 21-year-old University of Arizona student Nick Palomares found out his testicular cancer had come back with a vengeance, he dropped out to focus on healing from "the disease of young men."

Palomares was diagnosed with testicular cancer in August 2012 and had a baseball-size tumor removed. Less than eight months later, cancer spots on his lungs and stomach appeared. Within weeks, he had to drop out of his junior year as a business economics major at UA and begin chemotherapy.

Nearly 8,000 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer in the United States each year, which works out to five people per 100,000. It was news to Palomares, his family and many of his UA classmates that testicular cancer is most common in men ages 15 to 35.
Click for more of the story.  Arizona Daily Star 5.1.13

Reverend Foster John Hanley, O. Carm. RIP

Fr. Foster HanleyReverend Foster John Hanley, O. Carm. The Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary (PCM), of the Order of Carmelites, mourns the death of the Reverend Foster John Hanley, O. Carm., who died at the age of 76 on April 26, 2013, in Tucson, Arizona. Visitation for Reverend Foster Hanley, O. Carm., will be held at the chapel of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. St. Thomas is located at 5150 North Valley View Road (at Calle del Pantera). The Mass of Christian Burial will take place at the Salpointe Catholic High School gymnasium at 1545 East Copper Street in Tucson at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Interment will follow at Holy Hope Cemetery. Fr. Foster was born to (the late) George James Hanley and (the late) Eileen Mary (Haney) Hanley on June 7, 1936, in Chicago, Illinois. His given name at baptism was John William Hanley. He is survived by his brother, George. Another brother, Gerald, is deceased. John William attended St. Grabriel and St. Bernard Grade Schools in Chicago, Illinois, before entering the Carmelite Junior Seminary in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, in 1951. He entered Mount Carmel College, Niagara, beginning in 1955 and received a BA degree in Sociology from Saint Bonaventure University, Olean, New York. In 1972 he received a MA in Sociology from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. He completed his theological studies at Whitefriars Hall in Washington, DC. During the 2001-2002 school year, Fr. Foster was on sabbatical which included biblical archeology in Israel, course work in Ireland, and the study of the Spanish language in Lima, Peru. He received the Carmelite habit on August 21, 1956, taking the religious name of Foster. He made first vows on August 22, 1957 in New Baltimore, Pennsylvania and made his solemn profession with the Carmelites on August 22,1960. On June 8, 1963, he was ordained a Carmelite priest at St. Viator Church in Chicago, Illinos. In 1964, Father Foster's first assignment was teaching at DeSales High School in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1965 he served as Associate Pastor at St. Clara Parish in Chicago, Illinois, and later that same year he was assigned to teach at Mount Carmel High School in Houston, Texas, where he taught until 1978. He then went on to teach at Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson, Arizona, until 2011, when he began working in the school's Campus Ministry program. During his tenure in Tucson, Fr. Foster was also the spiritual director of the Search Retreat program of the Diocese of Tucson for many years and was the regular celebrant of Eucharist weekly at the monastery of the Benedictine Sisters' of Perpetual Adoration. He resided at the Carmelite priory of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Tucson, until a few weeks before his death. May he rest in peace. Donations in honor of Fr. Foster Hanley, O. Carm., may be made to: the Society of Mount Carmel, 1317 North Frontage Road, Darien, Illinois, 60561 or to the Fr. Foster Hanley, 0. Carm., Endowed Scholarship Fund at Salpointe Catholic High School, 1545 East Copper Street, Tucson, AZ, 85719. For further information on the Reverend Foster Hanley, O. Carm., or the Order of Carmelites contact Carmelite Media at (630) 971-0724 or visit the Carmelite website at Condolences may be made at Arrangements have been entrusted to ANGEL VALLEY FUNERAL HOME, 520-327-6341

Denson gets attention from Crimson Tide

Cameron Denson, who verbally committed to play for the Arizona Wildcats in January, got a visit from Alabama secondary coach Greg Brown on Wednesday. Click for more of the story.  Arizona Daily Star 4.26.13

Parikh no ordinary freshman on court

Salpointe Catholic's Yash Parikh is a freshman in high school years. In tennis years, he's far beyond that. "He's got all the shots," Salpointe coach John Condes said. "Sometimes when freshmen come in, they have one or two big shots and that's enough to get them through, but he's got all the shots." Parikh is one of just two freshmen left in the Division I boys singles tournament, which continues with today's quarterfinals. Parikh, the No. 4 seed, will face fifth-seeded Nick Cunningham of Goodyear Millennium at 3:30 p.m. at Paseo Racquet Center in Glendale. Cunningham, a junior, was a quarterfinalist last year and a semifinalist the year before that. But Parikh's teammates don't think that matters……Click for more Arizona Daily Star 4.26.13

Salpointe seniors Gracyn Ruiz (San Diego State), Karissa Lopez and Emily Griffin (Bowdoin) helped Salpointe make the Div II playoffs.

Softball Brackets: 21 Teams from Southern AZ – Salpointe seniors Gracyn Ruiz (San Diego State), Karissa Lopez and Emily Griffin (Bowdoin) helped Salpointe make the Div II playoffs. 4.25.13

FIRST ROUND: Saturday, April 27: 10:15 am
Byes: 2 Canyon del Oro and 4 Ironwood Ridge
10 Sahuaro hosts 23 Seton Catholic
12 Salpointe hosts 21 Mohave
15 Sabino hosts 18 Prescott
20 Cholla at 13 Desert Edge

Lancer artists win awards at the Ron Barber Congressional Art Competition

Lancer artists win at Ron Barber Congressional Art Competition! Award ceremony 4.27.13 @ UA Tech Park 2-3 pm.

Volleyball: Salpointe 3, Phx Mt. Pointe 0

Junior outside hitter Ryan Callaghan led the way for the Lancers with 18 kills as the Salpointe Catholic boys volleyball team edged out visiting Phoenix Mountain Pointe to remain undefeated at home. Six days after losing to the Pride in Phoenix at the Brophy Invitational, the Lancers returned the favor, shutting out Mountain Pointe 3-0 (29-27, 25-23, 25-21). "Usually when we play Phoenix schools, we have to adjust to their speed," Callaghan said. "Once we get a feel for a team, the second time we know their tendencies and are able to execute better than before." Salpointe managed to finish fourth at Brophy despite being without senior captain Jimmy Gehrels. The outside hitter and Pepperdine commit has been out six weeks with a small fracture in his left ankle, and he was just cleared to begin practicing again on Wednesday. "I think we can take state." Callaghan said. "We're getting people back, we're starting to click and people aren't expecting us."  Click for more.
Arizona Daily Star 4.19.13

Lancers have perfect day, advance to quarterfinals

Salpointe Catholic's boys and girls tennis teams had a perfect third round of the Division I individual state tournament on Saturday.
On the boys side, the top-seeded doubles team of Andrew Dunn and Tyler Linscott won 6-1, 6-1. Dunn is going for his second straight doubles title after winning with his brother, Matt, last year.
No. 6 duo Brandon Gerber and Jack Amos also advanced in doubles action, winning 7-5, 6-2, along with freshman Yash Parikh, the No. 4 seed in boys singles, who won 6-0, 6-2.
On the girls end, top-seeded Caroline Amos easily won 6-0, 6-0, while teammates Nicole Whinery and Maeve McGeorge advanced with a 6-1, 7-6 win.
Arizona Daily Star 4.21.13 

Salpointe hosts bone marrow registry drive to save lives, heighten awareness

Tucson, Ariz., April 25, 2013— Salpointe Catholic High School is hosting its tenth bone marrow registry drive, a tradition that began to find a bone marrow match for one student battling leukemia. The drive has now become a standing community event registering an average of 50 people each year as possible bone marrow donors.

The event, held at Salpointe Catholic High School, 1545 E. Copper Street, will take place Thursday, April 25 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm in senior patio.

“It is so important to get people registered.  I always thought the word cancer translated to death sentence, but when my son was diagnosed with lymphoma in May 2011, I saw firsthand how many survivors there are thanks to all the treatment options available,” said Monica Sutton, mother of Salpointe sophomore Tyler Sutton who is battling Burkitt’s Lymphoma.

While her son was not a candidate for bone marrow transplant, many of the families she met during his four months of chemotherapy treatment and surgeries were recipients of this important blood cell-producing tissue.

Registration is easy, painless, and costs the donor nothing.  Financial donations are requested, however, as it is costly to maintain a viable bone marrow donor base.  A simple cheek swab and minor paperwork completes the registration process. 

With modern technologies, the actual donation process is relatively non-invasive.  The majority of bone marrow donations are completed using a non-invasive procedure, called peripheral blood stem donation, where blood is taken out of a donor, the stem cells are removed, and the remaining platelets are re-injected into the donor's body.  Much less common is the process by which marrow is taken using hallowed needles while the patient is under anesthesia.

“It is so simple, and the result is that someone else gets to stay alive,” said Eileen Durazo, mother of a Salpointe graduate, who was called to donate bone marrow five years ago. “I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

The donation process took six hours, and Durazo said she felt no side effects except some minor fatigue.

Patricia Stanley, whose son was called to donate after a Salpointe registry his senior year, also said the process was simpler than expected.

“It isn’t like it was back in the day.  It isn’t the painful process that so many out there think it is.  It is really a relatively simple procedure,” said Stanley. “I can tell you that my son had a smile on his face through the whole donation process.  He was treated like a king for those six hours, and didn’t have any side effects to speak of after it was over.”

Greg Stanley, Patricia’s son, registered at the first Salpointe-hosted bone marrow registry drive in an attempt to find a match for fellow student Carlos Valencia who eventually lost his fight with leukemia.  Although Stanley was not a match for Valencia, he received a phone call five months after registering.  The person in need was Steve Becker, a 47-year-old father and husband who lived half way across the nation.  While the two never had a chance to meet before Becker died nearly two years later from unrelated causes, his wife is in frequent communication with the Stanley family and is forever grateful for the extra time she was afforded with her husband thanks to Stanley’s donation.

Durazo was told little about the recipient of her bone marrow expect that he was a 54-year-old man battling cancer.

Each day, nearly 3,000 patients worldwide with leukemia, aplastic anemia, and other fatal blood diseases are searching for a life-saving bone marrow match, according to the New York Blood Center.

“If we save just one person through this drive it will be well worth the effort,” says Patricia Stanley.  “I saw my son give the most wonderful gift.  He saved a life.  After watching that, you can’t argue that it isn’t worth the effort.”

Social service is the backbone of Salpointe Catholic High School.  The bone marrow drive is one of many community service projects undertaken by Salpointe students and administration each year.

"Salpointe is more than just a school.  We are a community, and we understand the importance of giving back.  The bone marrow drive is an important event and has the potential to save so many lives," said Kay Sullivan, president at Salpointe Catholic High School.  “We have seen firsthand how the results of these drives have saved lives nationally and worldwide.”

If you are unable to make it to the Salpointe’s registry, please contact Be The Match at, or 1 (800) MARROW2 (1-800-627-7692) to find out how to register.

Lancer wins 1,600, runs fastest time in nation

Salpointe Catholic senior Andy Trouard, featured in last week's Gaona in the Game, won the 1,600 meters at the 73rd Chandler Rotary Invitational on Saturday. His time of 4 minutes 8.28 seconds broke the meet record and is the fastest high school time in the nation.

Trevor Eggleston is playing American football for the Ingolstadt Dukes in Ingolstadt, Germany

Translated using a translator tool from the German team website. 
Probably the most important position in American football is clothed by Trevor Dalton Eggleston.  Originally from Tucson, Arizona Countryboy will lead the Dukes 2k13 on the field.  Since his high school days at the Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson, Trevor Eggleston is quarterback. Trevor was given the talent practically born into, his father played for the Louisville University, and was even drafted into the NFL team the Philadelphia Eagles. This path was indeed denied Eggleston Jr. but both sporty and academic could # 7 of the Dukes visit an excellent university.  Even as a freshman was Trevor Starting Quarterback of the Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado.  This year he also received the award "Freshman of the Year" for the entire Conference.  In the following three years, Trevor Eggleston always Starting quarterback and holds since that time the University record in the category "All Time Pass completions" and just as he was in his last year "Leader rushing yards" of his team. During this time, Trevor could also learn from the best.  Sun went to Drew Brees his university and has shared his skills in some workouts.  According to Trevor Eggleston this was an incredible experience, he could not only under the guidance of one of the most best Quaterbacks our time, he could also train in personal conversations take much to theory. "Trevor is a very smart boy, he shows great game overview and is a real leader, though he's good on his feet, he is almost never have to run to embarrass himself.  You can see here just its excellent education "white head coach Eugene Haaf appreciate his quarterback. Despite his young age of 22 is the coach full confidence in his new playmaker.  In combination with the rock-solid O-Line, the dangerous running backs and wide receivers should nimble offensive play of the Dukes 7, supported by Trevor Egglston be hard to stop. Howdy, Trevor You are All IN, now

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Spring college commits at Salpointe on Wednesday

Salpointe is hosting their spring Athletic Commitment Celebration recognizing student-athletes who have made a commitment to play their sport at the college level next year.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 10 at 2:45 pm
WHERE: Salpointe Catholic High Hall of Fame Room: 1545 E. Copper Street.

The following students have committed to play sports at the college level:
Alex Arnaud, Football, University of Arizona
Patrick Hackett, Cross Country/Track & Field, Spring Hill College
James Kurtak, Football, Hamilton College
Tyler Linscott, Men’s Tennis, Whittier College
Briana McCloskey, Cross Country/Track & Field, Simpson College
Donovan Olumba, Football, Alderson-Broaddus College
Brianna Vogel, Women’s Golf, St. Edwards University

Click for the story. 4.8.13

Nicole Addison '01 recalls experiences as a Nascar pit crew member

Nascar’s pit road is, and always has been, a male dominated area of work.  All 6 positions require not only good strength but a level of athleticism.  Very few females have been able to break into the sport and be successful at it.  It’s one thing to do it and another to be good at it.  Nicole Addison was able to do both.  Her story has gone virtually unnoticed for a few years and we wanted to bring it to everyone’s attention.  We caught up with her to talk about her story and the struggles females face while pitting. Enjoy!
Nicole is now a dental hygienist and lives in Tucson.

Five Lancers inducted into PCC Athletics Hall of Fame

Five Lancers were inducted into the Pima Community College Inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame: Kendra Palmer ’01, Rebecca Lebsack ’02, Jackie Martinez ’02, and Nina Lara ’02 who were members of the 2003-04 national championship volleyball team and Paul Trask ’79 who was a member of the first national championship men’s cross country team at Pima.

Salpointe Catholic 13, Catalina Foothills 6: Early lead propels Lancers

Salpointe goes up 7-0 in second to back ace Orozco

Catalina Foothills registered two home runs Tuesday night, but visiting Salpointe Catholic used a big second inning and a strong outing from sophomore ace Jio Orozco to top the Falcons 13-6. The Lancers (12-5) scored six runs with two outs in the second inning to take a commanding 7-0 lead they never looked back from. Foothills stayed in the game with the help of an inside-the-park home run by junior Luis Gonzalez in the third inning and …………..  click for more of the story.  Arizona Daily Star 3.27.13

Sollenberger Classic: Salpointe to play in Nevada to start football season

For the second time in the eight-year history of the Sollenberger Classic, the 2013 games are heading to Nevada. The AIA and NIAA are also proud to welcome Station Casinos, LLC. as the presenting sponsor for the Sollenberger Classic. The games will be held at Bishop Gorman’s Summerlin campus in Las Vegas.

On Saturday, August 24, an AIA Division II semi-final team, Salpointe Catholic, will compete against the NIAA’s Division I runner-up, Liberty High School, at 7 pm.

The Lancers are coached by Dennis Bene, and entered the 2012 Division II state playoffs as the No. 1 seed with no losses to Arizona schools. In their semi-final game, Salpointe lost to No. 4 Centennial 28-14, and finished the year with a record of 12 wins and two losses.

Liberty Head Coach Rich Muraco leads the Patriots to their first Sollenberger Classic, as runner-up in the 2012 Division I state championship. The Patriots finished the 2012 campaign with a record of 11 wins and two losses.

Tickets for the Sollenberger Classic are $10 for adults, $5 for students (ages 6-18) and children 5 and younger admitted free.  

Salpointe Catholic Lancers Named to the 2nd Annual MaxPreps Soccer Tour of Champions Presented by the Army National Guard

MaxPreps is pleased to announce that the Salpointe Catholic Lancers have officially been named to the 2nd Annual MaxPreps Soccer Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard. This exclusive honor is reserved for only 20 of the best teams in the entire country. Given the fact that 32,000 varsity teams compete, that puts the Lancers ahead of 99.9 percent of their opponents! In order to be eligible, the team not only had to be nationally ranked, but also had to win a state championship. Beating Apollo 2-0 on Feb. 9 marked the completion of an incredible 26-2 season — and earned Salpointe Catholic an invitation to the Tour of Champions.

Please join us as we celebrate with the boys soccer team, coaching staff, students and fans on Friday, May 3 at 2:30 p.m. in the gym.

Salpointe visual artists win two out of six awards

18th Annual High School Art Invitational

Each year the art and photography teachers from Pima County high schools are invited to select up to five pieces of their student’s work to submit for display on the first floor of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library. Six awards are given each year to selected artists.  Salpointe artists Marco Mejia ’13 (1st Place in Sculpture) and Yoonseo Kim ’13 (Special Recognition) will be honored at the Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 2-3 p.m. in the Children’s Meeting Room (101 N Stone Ave). Please join the students and their families to celebrate this fine achievement!  Click to see Marco and Yoonseo's  work!

Lancers’ Crunkleton Wilson gets serious at Williams Classic

Michaela Crunkleton Wilson says, after two years of running for fun, she's taking a more serious approach in 2013.

That was clear Saturday but it didn't stop her from having fun.

The Salpointe Catholic junior swept the girls high school sprinting events of the Willie Williams Classic while senior teammate Alyssa Thompson also won three individual titles.

About 1,500 athletes from 37 high schools and 19 colleges competed in the three-day event hosted by the UA at Drachman Stadium.

Crunkleton Wilson opened the day with a win in the girls 200 meters in 24.76 seconds. Roughly two hours later, she won the 400 in 56.78 before capping her day off with a first-place finish in 12.05 in the 100.

"It's really important for me to get the times colleges will be expecting from me," Crunkleton Wilson said.

Meanwhile, Thompson, a Wake Forest commit, ran a personal best and meet record 42.62 in the 300 hurdles and later won the 100 hurdles in 15.01. She also won the long jump Friday and finished second in the high jump.

"It feels really good my senior year to be doing really well but I'm still looking for more improvement," Thompson said. "I'm not done yet."

Click for more of the story.  Arizona Daily Star 3.17.13

Brian Prouty ’02 earned his first check on the Tour last week

Salpointe and UA grad Brian Prouty, who reached the final stage of PGA Tour school in December, earned his first check on the Tour last week. Prouty finished tied for 40th, earning $2,758 at the Chile Classic in Santiago, Chile  Click Daily Star 3.17.13

Lancer Classic will bring own madness to Reid Park

College basketball teams aren't the only ones playing in a big tournament this week.

Twenty teams from four states will take over Reid Park Annex for five days in the Tucson Conquistadores Lancer Baseball Classic hosted by Salpointe Catholic.

Granted, it's not as big as the NCAA tournament, but it should still be fun.

The action begins today at 1 p.m. and continues through Friday night. The first three days consist of pool play starting at 1 p.m. each day.

Bracket play opens up Thursday afternoon, and there will be two semifinal games at 7 p.m. The winners will meet in the championship Friday at 7 p.m.

Click for the rest of the story.  Arizona Daily Star 3.18.13
Click  for day to day schedule.

High School girls Tennis: Gibson handed keys to powerful Salpointe program

It is never an easy task replacing a coach who won six state titles in the last nine years. Theresa Gibson, however, is up for the challenge. Gibson replaced Perri Touché as the Salpointe Catholic girls tennis coach this year. Touché retired after last season after coaching the team for 14 years. "It's going to be tough," Gibson said. "I got to know (Touché) when I coached at Tucson High so we got to be good friends." So far this season, Gibson has guided Salpointe to an undefeated record heading into a much-anticipated match today at Phoenix Xavier.
Click for more of the story. Arizona Daily Star 3.14.13

John Shaff '97 wins award!

John Shaff PA-C (Salpointe Class of 1997), and James Beauchene, MD of OrthoArizona Arizona Hand and Wrist Specialists in Phoenix, AZ were selected as the Physician/PA Partnership of the Year by the Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants. This award goes to 2 individuals that exemplify the unique relationship of trust, collegiality, and mutual respect that is essential to the PA profession. This physician-PA team displays evidence of collaboration that allows both the physician and the PA to provide greater medical service to their patients and their community than either one would be able to do alone.

A Capella Choir receives Silver!

The A Capella Choir received a silver rating at the Forum Music Festival at Biola University. Salpointe was the only Arizona school attending, the rest of the competitors were from California. Our choir sang a very diverse repertoire to the delight of the judges! GO Lancers!

Salpointe Thespians are #1

Salpointe Catholic High School has been awarded a Certificate of Recognition for having the NUMBER ONE rated Theatre Arts Program in the AZT/AIA Southern Division. Click to view the award! You can see Salpointe’s esteemed actors and actresses at the upcoming presentation of “Guys and Dolls” opening on March 15th.  Click for play dates and times. Click to order tickets!

A Lancer playing softball at Harvard

In Boca Raton, Florida Gabi Ruiz ’11 led the way on the mound against Ball State and Florida Atlantic University by registering three starts and picking up the first win of the season for the Crimson over Ball State.  Ruiz also gave the squad a solid start against FAU. To learn more about Gabi click Winter Sports Teams Announced
3/11/2013 Winter Sports Teams
Southern Arizona Boys Basketball All-Stars
Brian Holstrom is Coach of the Year
Cameron Denson, first team, Jaylyn Juan, third team, Ryan Callaghan, fourth team
Division II - Cameron Denson Performer of the Year and first team, Jaylyn Juan and Ryan Callaghan second team, Daniel Arzouman, third team

All-Southern Arizona Boys Soccer
T.J. Hope is Player of the Year
Wolfgang Weber is Player of the Year
T.J. Hope, Gavino Carranza, Colin O’Brien, Arturo Vega, Taylor andreson, Luis Astro, first team, Will Martin, second team, Vincent Bianchi, Andrew Bianchi, third team

Division II – T.J. Hope is Player of the Year, Gavino Carranza, Colin O’Brien and Arturo Vega are Performers of the Year, Wolfgang Weber is Coach of the Year, T.J. Hope, Gavino Carranza, Colin O’Brien, Arturo Vega, Taylor Anderson, first team, Luis Castro, Will Martin, Rafael Castro, Vincent Bianchi, Andrew Bianchi, second team, Christian Garcia, third team

High School Winter Southern Arizona All-Stars Announced

Boys Basketball: Cameron Denson, second team, Jaylyn Juan, Ryan Callaghan, Daniel Arzouman, honorable mention
Girls Basketball: Haley Howell, third team, Marissa Herington and Brooke Prososki-Green, honorable mention
Girls Soccer: Byanna Sanchez, honorable mention
Boys Soccer: Player of the Year – Arturo Vega, Coach of the Year – Wolfgang Weber
T.J. Hope, Arturo Vega, Gavino Carranza, Sergio Anaya, Taylor Anderson, first team, Colin O’Brien, second team, Christian Garcia, Alex Flores, Luis Castro, Will Martin, Vince Bianchi, Nick DiChristofano, Andrew Bianchi and Rafael Castro, honorable mention
Wrestling: John Michael Stilb and Will McKay, second team, Dylan Sheesley and Nick Woolridge, honorable mention
Click for the full list. Arizona Daily Star 3.10.13

Boys Volleyball: Riding the wave toward a state title – Salpointe’s Jimmy Gehrels is on the “watch list.”

Salpointe Catholic's Jimmy Gehrels has size, skill and a passion for the game of volleyball. All the 6-foot-5-inch senior outside hitter is missing is a state title. Headed to Pepperdine next fall, the four-year starter and three-time Lancer captain is arguably the best player head coach Amy Johnson has seen in her 13 years at the helm. "He's a program changer," Johnson said. "He's a leader on and off the court. He's that kid that every coach wants to coach." The Star recently sat down with Gehrels to find out more about him. Here are four things to know......

Salpointe grad Sara Brown will be an on-course reporter

Greg Hansen's Short Stuff: Salpointe Catholic grad Sara Brown was hired last week by Golf Digest to work in its program. She'll be an on-course reporter and deliver a "What's in the Bag?" segment with PGA Tour players. Brown will work around her schedule on the LPGA's Symetra tour, the minor league of women's pro golf. …

Salpointe's Deboskie lands first offer

Kaelin Deboskie, who transferred to Salpointe Catholic from Colleyville (Texas) Heritage High earlier this year, received a college offer from New Mexico State. Salpointe coach Dennis Bene said this is likely the first of maybe eight to 10 offers for his new receiver. As a junior in Texas, Deboskie averaged 101.5 yards receiving per game and caught 10 touchdowns.

Six Lancers are on the Global Bowl roster

Seventeen players from Tucson are on the 2013 Global Bowl roster including Salpointe’s Alex Arnaud, Luke Bakewell, Jack Dobyns, Dylan Greenberg, Brogan Kemmerly and Johnny Pena! The game will be played April 13 in Turin, Italy.

Arizona football: Salpointe grad hopes to start

Jacob Arzouman has yet to play his first college football game, but he remembers every detail of his welcome-to-the-big-time moment.
"It was the first time I ran out of the tunnel as a freshman at Arizona Stadium," Arzouman said. "The fireworks are going off, there's 60,000 people there. I remember thinking, 'Wow, this is really happening.'"
The 6-foot-5-inch, 271-pound offensive lineman is hoping the next time he runs out of the Arizona Stadium tunnel, it's as a starter - or at least as a guy in the mix.
The Salpointe Catholic High grad was on his way to starting last summer when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a one-on-one pass-rushing drill.
Click for more of the story…. Arizona Daily Star 3.6.13

Kevin Brice ’12 is one of 5 players returning home for Tucson Invitational Games

When Salpointe Catholic grad Kevin Brice first decided he would continue his baseball career at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., he did not know that he would be coming back to play in Tucson as a college freshman.

He along with his Sagehen teammates will be playing three games at Kino Sports Complex later in March as a part of the Tucson Invitational Games.

“I found out I would be playing in Tucson for Pomona-Pitzer in the fall, and the first thing that came to my mind was how weird it would feel to be playing on the Kino fields that I've been playing on my whole life, but this time it would be as a college athlete,” Brice said.

Brice is one of five former high school players from Tucson who will be playing in the month-long tournament that started on Thursday, Feb. 28.
Click for more of the story. Baseball Tucson 3.1.13

The New Vision features Salpointe's national athletics signing celebration

The New Vision features Salpointe’s national athletics signing day celebration

Boys Basketball State Final: Paradise Valley 45, Salpointe 38 – Lancers vow, “we will be back”

GLENDALE – Salpointe Catholic coach Brian Holstrom doesn’t know who, but someone on his team scribbled a post-game message on the board inside their locker room Saturday.  It read: “We will be back. – SC basketball.”
The sixth-seeded Lancers could very well find themselves back in the state finals next year…..  Arizona Daily Star 2.224.13
Congratulations Lancers on winning the State-Runner Up Trophy!

Lancers a win from 1st crown

Boys Basketball State Playoffs: Salpointe 53, Agua Fria 45
Lancers a win from 1st crown
GLENDALE - Salpointe Catholic senior captains Daniel Arzouman and Logan Tober were so excited after Thursday's Division II state semifinal win, they ran into the locker room screaming in celebration - only to find out it was the wrong one.
While the two may have been surprised over the mix-up at Arena, they're not surprised the Lancers beat Avondale Agua Fria 53-45 and are headed to the state championship game.
"The whole year I felt like we were the best team in the state," Tober said. "I've almost felt like we've underachieved at some times in the season, but this is where we should have been the whole season."
To advance, No. 6-seeded Salpointe had to hold off a second-half rally by No. 18 Agua Fria - a Division II Cinderella that had already upset No. 2 Catalina Foothills and No. 7 Nogales.
"They knocked out two Southern Arizona powers on the way" second-year coach Brian Holstrom said. "We weren't going to take them lightly."
The Lancers (23-10) will face No. 4 Phoenix Paradise Valley in the Division II state final at noon Saturday at Arena. Paradise Valley beat No. 1 Phoenix Sunnyslope 63-48 on Thursday.
It's Salpointe's first trip to the state championship since 1999. The Lancers have never won a state title in basketball, but that could change Saturday the way they're playing.
"Tournament basketball is just playing your best ball and doing things consistently," Holstrom said. "Our team believes in defense, believes in rebounding, and they believe they have a great chance to win if they get stops."
The Lancers led 18-7 at the end of the first quarter, but the Owls never let up and eventually tied the game at 33 late in the third quarter.
Salpointe junior Hunter Lowry hit a go-ahead basket in the final seconds of the period, and the Lancers went on to outscore Agua Fria 18-12 in the final quarter.
Junior Cameron Denson, who put the Lancers up 9-2 early with a three-pointer, finished with a team-high 22 points while sophomore Jaylyn Juan added 10.
"We're family," said Denson, a UA football commit. "We stick together through the thick and thin. We're here to win, and we'll do whatever we have to do to win."
Arzouman said January was a big month for Salpointe. Since the start of the year, the Lancers have gone 13-3; all three losses came against Catalina Foothills, their main in-town rival.
"We really started to grow as a team and practice harder," Arzouman said. "Coach had always been leaning on us to practice hard and play hard, and once everybody followed that, it paid off."
Up next
• Who: No. 6 Salpointe Catholic vs. No. 4 Phoenix Paradise Valley
• What: Division II championship
• When: Noon Saturday
• Where: Glendale's Arena Arizona Daily Star 2.22.13

Boys' Basketball State Semifinal: Salpointe 53 - Agua Fria 45

The Lancers advance in the State Tournament! 

Boys’ Basketball State Tournament: Salpointe moves on to semis

GLENDALE: Salpointe Catholic senior Daniel Arzouman hadn’t scored all game when coach Brian Holstrom called on him at the most critical time after he was fouled…………….Salpointe 60 – Phoenix Sierra Linda 55
Today: Division II state semifinal game #6 Salpointe vs #18 Avondale Agua Fria streamed live on at 3:30 pm GO LANCERS!

State basketball quarterfinals today

State basketball quarterfinals today @ Arena: #6 Salpointe vs #3 Phoenix Sierra Linda 4:15 pm

No. 6 Salpointe Catholic

Record: 21-10

Road to Glendale: The Lancers have won five of their last six games, which has them in the state quarterfinals for the second consecutive year.

Big man on the floor: Cameron Denson has been on fire, averaging 17.5 points per game since the section tournament began Feb. 6.

Opposite side of the court: No. 3 Phoenix Sierra Linda (27-2) is led by the senior trio of Jonathan Matthews, Damian Mendoza and Edgar Sarmineto, who combine to average 42.2 points per game.

Key to win: "They are quick. They play full court most of the game, and us breaking their pressure will be a key, which we have tended to do well at all season," coach Brian Holstrom said. Arizona Daily Star 2.20.13

Former Lancer Ray Eastman named preseason Freshman of the Year

The Ohio Valley Conference named Ray Eastman of Belmont their Preseason Freshman of the Year.

Eastman had a 30-game hitting streak going at Salpointe last year and was an All-State selection and an All-Southern Arizona first team member due to his impressive numbers: .440 batting average, 48 hits, 34 RBIs, 30 runs scored, 4 triples and 13 doubles. for story. TucsonCitizen 2.16.13

Basketball State Tournament: Salpointe, Nogales, Sahuaro advance

Salpointe Catholic handled No. 11 Phoenix Greenway in the second round of the Division II state tournament 57-48 Saturday night.

Once the No. 6 host Lancers regained the lead in the second half, they never looked back.

Salpointe will now make the trip to Arena in Glendale to play third-seeded Phoenix Sierra Linda at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday .

Hunter Lowry scored eight points in the first quarter to give the Lancers a 15-11 lead before the Demons dug in defensively.

Greenway's Parker Wynn came off the bench to give the Demons their first lead of the game with close to a minute remaining in the half.

After a quick answer from Lancer Ryan Callaghan, Greenway's Jordan Johnson made his way to the free throw line to give the Demons a 21-20 lead at the break.

Both teams traded baskets early in the third quarter, before Salpointe's leading scorer Cameron Denson got in rhythm and the Lancers closed on a 7-0 run as part of a 18-point quarter, to push the lead to 38-30.

Denson finished the night with 17 points, 15 of which came in the second half. Denson has now scored at least 17 points in his last three games.

"I'm feeling really confident in my game right now," said Denson. "My three-point shot is going down, I'm making some jumpers and I'm also attacking the basket."

Salpointe went up as much as 16 and the Demons stormed back to close the gap to 53-48, before the Lancers pulled away for good.

"We went on a run and threatened to put them away, but their kids made some deep threes," Salpointe coach Brian Holstrom said. "They hung around, but we were the better team."  2.17.13 Arizona Daily Star

Ex-Lancer Serrano is on college’s top-ranked baseball team

Two years ago today, Joe Serrano was getting set for his senior season with the Salpointe Catholic baseball team. He went on to finish that year with a .541 batting average, a state-record 26 doubles, 69 RBIs and 11 home runs.He didn't stop there.Serrano is now playing for the top-ranked college team in the country.Click for more of the story. Arizona Daily Star 2.15.13

Foothill’s Kendrick, Salpointe’s Weber orchestrate soccer dynasties

…….A quarter-century later, Kendrick and Weber were in the same place at the same time, Saturday at the Division II state championships. Two of the most unpredictable and unlikely coaching careers came together on a memorable afternoon in Gilbert. Click for more of the story. Arizona Daily Star 2.13.13

Salpointe gives Wolfgang Weber his sixth title to tie the state record.....

Salpointe coach Wolfgang Weber captured his sixth state boy’s title which put him in a tie with Jack Altersitz of Cactus and Dick Breckenridge of Blue Ridge for the most ever in the state of Arizona.

Salpointe Championship Teams
1985: 5A (Wolfgang Weber)
1986: 5A (Wolfgang Weber)
1996: 5A (Wolfgang Weber)
2004: 5A (Wolfgang Weber)
2012: D-II (Wolfgang Weber)
2013: D-III (Wolfgang Weber)

Click for more of the story.  2.9.13

Salpointe turns to prayer after pope announces resignation

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -  One of Tucson's largest catholic high schools is putting aside their normal curriculum to explain the unexpected move by Pope Benedict XVI who is calling it quits after almost a decade. Students are turning to prayer after the spiritual leader of more than a billion Catholics announced he is stepping down. School leaders answered questions from students all afternoon on Monday after the historic news broke….. KOLD News

Maggie McGeorge, Matthew Dunn and Mitch McDaniels compete in Tucson this weekend

Three Lancers compete for their colleges in Tucson this Saturday, February 16. 
3-time 5A-1 State Champion Maggie McGeorge '09 plays for the Santa Clara tennis team at Robson Tennis Center at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 16 (U of A campus).

At noon on Saturday at the Reffkin Tennis Center (Broadway and Alvernon) 5A-1 State Champion and UA tennis team member Matt Dunn '12 will compete.

Mitch McDaniels '10 of the University of New Mexico Lobos will compete at the Reffkin Tennis Center as well!

Boys soccer state championship: Salpointe 2, Glendale Apollo 0 - Gritty Lancers claim 2nd straight crown

GILBERT - Back-to-back state titles are never easy, but with a lead against a frustrated team playing a man down it would seem like the script for an easy Salpointe win.

However, Saturday was never easy as the Lancers had to hold on and didn't clinch the championship until the final minutes, beating Glendale Apollo 2-0, completing a Tucson sweep of the Division II soccer state title matches at Campo Verde High School.

"It was really special," said senior captain Colin O'Brien, whose free kick secured the win in the 78th minute. "Thankfully, we were able to come through in the second half."

For Salpointe (26-2), it was the sixth state championship in nine title game appearances and another milestone for three-decade coach Wolfgang Weber, who won his first title in 1985.

"This group of kids is absolutely one of the best teams we have had in the history of soccer at Salpointe," Weber said.

That's saying something with the success the parochial school has seen since Weber arrived in the early 1980s. In the current squad, he had a group of seniors that set the stage for two spectacular seasons.

Weber acknowledged seniors Christian Garcia, who was injured during most of the season; Arturo Vega, who stepped in for Garcia; leading scorer T.J. Hope; defender Sergio Anaya; and O'Brien.

"That is the group of guys that we felt could win a state championship and what did we do, we won two of them, back-to-back," Weber said. "I can't say enough about that group; their leadership is what got us here."

Ironically, it was a sophomore, Gavino Carranza, who got the icebreaker for Salpointe on Saturday with a beautiful shot in the 47th minute from the far left on a narrow angle that found the upper right corner of the net, just out of the reach of goalkeeper Steven Flores.

"A goal is a goal, and it is very exciting to score in a championship like that," Carranza said.

But the sixth state title in school history didn't come easy because the fourth-seeded Lancers found themselves in a tussle with a physical, aggressive squad in No. 14 Apollo. The Hawks (14-9-1) were a bit of a Cinderella but had gotten scorer Eric Carbajal back this semester after he went to play in Mexico, then returned to play with brother Marco, who had 14 goals to lead Apollo this season.

A frustrating first half was scoreless as Salpointe failed to convert several opportunities. But this was a squad that finished the postseason outscoring its opponents 20-1.

"At times it is frustrating, cross after cross, you don't get what you want," Carranza said. "It puts you down a little bit, but you have to keep fighting, keep your head up and keep going for it, and that's what we did."

Weber agreed.

"I think there was a little frustration at the half because we've gotten used to having our way," Weber said. "All of sudden there is a team that is playing us very tough defensively, but we encourage people to go forward. It paid off for us."

Salpointe's backline, led by Anaya, kept the Carbajals at bay most of the cold, windy afternoon, although Taylor Anderson had to stay on his toes, making five saves.

On the other side, Vega had six of the Lancers' 16 shots, including a couple of rockets at Flores.

O'Brien kept trying to work up the left sideline to create chances and was rebuffed or shot wildly. Apollo also kept Hope in check with Flores needing to make a key save on a one-on-one chance late in the first half.

O'Brien would get his reward late, but first came Carranza's goal in the 47th minute, and a key turning point came shortly after that.

Just over a minute later, the Hawks' Rodrigo Hernandez fired in a throw-in that Andy Alanis got his head on, but his flick went just wide with Anderson a bit out of position.

In the 50th minute, Alanis, Apollo's captain, tripped a Lancer at midfield, was yellow carded and then after slamming the ball on the ground in protest, was given a second yellow, sending him off and putting the Lancers a man up for the final 30 minutes.

Salpointe - which got yellow cards early in a chippy state title match against Scottsdale Notre Dame a year ago - stayed poised.

"We have to keep our heads and keep playing strong," Carranza said.

Weber added: "Even before the game that's something we address. We need to keep our composure under all circumstances."

He noted the yellow cards to Garcia and Vega last season.

"We didn't get a card at all even though it got very hectic. I think that is also part why we were successful today," Weber said.

The Hawks still created a few more chances, with Hernandez taking corners that were consistently cleared by the Salpointe defense. But the Hawks also got a couple more yellow cards as the tension increased.

Anderson had to make a couple of tough saves late, but O'Brien secured the win when Apollo was called for a foul about 30 yards from goal in the center of the field. O'Brien put the free kick into the upper right corner for his 19th goal of the season and completed the back-to-back successful campaigns.

"We were definitely very frustrated as a team, but the final pass, the critical piece of play wasn't working for us," O'Brien said. "It was frustrating because we have been flying in these playoffs with a really difficult opposition in Apollo today. I think throughout the entire first half we were rattled and obviously didn't play to the best of our abilities."

"It was very emotional," O'Brien added about his late goal. "I couldn't have asked for a better way to end four years with this program. It's such a special win. To win with some of my best friends, we have been together for so long. It was amazing."

Click for the story. Arizona Daily Star 2.10.13

Salpointe vs Apollo for the Boys Soccer State Championship live on

#4 Salpointe vs. #14 Apollo - Boys Soccer State Championship live from Campo Verde High School on - Sat, Feb 9 @ 1 p.m. GO LANCERS!

Boys soccer: Lancers rip Queen Creek 6-0, take 14-game winning streak to state final game

PHOENIX - Salpointe Catholic displayed its offensive dominance in a 6-0 win over Queen Creek in the Division II state semifinals Thursday night.

The defending state champions, who are seeded fourth, will take a 14-game winning streak into Saturday's Division II state final against No. 14 Glendale Apollo. The game is at 1 p.m. at Gilbert Campo Verde High School.

Sophomore Gavino Carranza got the Lancers off to a quick start at Phoenix Paradise Valley High School, with his first of three goals coming in the seventh minute when he scored on a rebound after a deflected shot.

"I try to contribute to the seniors a lot because this is their last year and if I have my opportunities, I finish," Carranza said.

Twelve minutes later, Carranza crossed from the left side to the center to junior Will Martin. Martin connected to give the Lancers a 2-0 lead.

In the 35th minute Carranza ripped a shot from about 20 yards to score. The goal came off an assist from senior T.J. Hope, his 15th of the season.

Five minutes later, with just 15 seconds remaining in the first half, senior captain Colin O'Brien scored his 18th goal of the year off an assist from senior captain Christian Garcia.

"We have been on somewhat of a magical run in the playoffs," Salpointe coach Wolfgang Weber said. "We have scored six goals in every game we played. That's a real credit to those kids."

Four minutes after halftime, Hope scored his 28th goal of the season with his left foot off a double move and touch pass assist from O'Brien.

Carranza completed his hat trick in the 60th minute, giving him 17 goals on the season.

Salpointe ended the game on a 20-minute scoring drought, its longest of the game.

Not to be lost in the offensive show, the Lancers posted their 11th shutout of the season.

"I think it's been overlooked because we have scored 122 goals on the season, that we have only given up 24 goals in 27 games," said Weber, who is in his 31st season at the helm of the Lancers. "I think we have come to the realization that we need to come out with real passion and desire to play. We have done that consistently now." Arizona Daily Star 1.8.13



WHAT: Salpointe is hosting an Athletic Commitment Celebration recognizing Salpointe senior student-athletes who have made a commitment to play their sport at the college level (fall 2013) and junior student-athletes who have made verbal commitments.

WHEN:  Wednesday, February 6, 2013; 2:45 p.m.

WHERE:  Salpointe Catholic High School Gymnasium; 1545 E. Copper Street.

EVENT:   The Athletic Commitment Celebration is a time to commend the academic and athletic successes of Salpointe students who will continue their athletic endeavors at the college level. 

The following junior students will be acknowledged and celebrated for their verbal commitments:

Cameron Denson, Football, University of Arizona
Krystal Quihuis, Women’s Golf, University of Arizona

The following 18 senior students will be acknowledged and celebrated for their commitment to play sports at the college level (fall 2013):

Spencer Arnaud, Men’s Golf, Holy Cross
Carlos Carroll, Football, Southern Methodist University
Emily Christensen, Women’s Volleyball, University of the Pacific
Jack Dobyns, Football, Chadron State College (NE) 
Mary Espinoza, Women’s Soccer, Gateway Community College
Travis Fister, Football, Southern Methodist University
James Gehrels, Men’s Volleyball, Pepperdine University
Cody Gibson, Football, West Virginia Wesleyan
Dylan Greenberg, Football, Youngstown State University (OH)
Emily Griffin, Softball, Bowdoin College
Michael Hoard, Baseball, University of Arizona
Haley Howell, Women’s Volleyball, Sienna College

Brogan Kemmerly, Football, University of Arizona
Johnny Pena, Football, Brown University

Abby Reuland, Women’s Volleyball, Colorado School of Mines
Alyssa Thompson, Track, Wake Forest University
Andy Trouard, Track, Northern Arizona University
Lizzie Valenzuela, Women’s Soccer, Pima Community College

The celebration is open to the public and media is welcome.

Phil Gruensfelder
Salpointe Catholic High School
1545 E. Copper St.
Tucson, AZ 85719

About Salpointe Catholic High School:   

Since opening its doors in 1950, Salpointe Catholic has enjoyed a distinguished reputation for its strong curriculum, competitive athletics, highly-acclaimed fine arts, faith-strengthening religious program and spirited co-curricular activities. Salpointe is a Catholic, Carmelite college-preparatory high school enrolling 1,130 students. The school is certified by the Western Catholic Educational Association and accredited as a college-preparatory school by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


Salpointe Presidential Scholar candidate is named

Amanda Bohnert ’13 is one of 10 local Presidential Scholar candidates for 2013! Semi-finalists will be notified in April and Scholars will be notified in May. Scholars receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in June and the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House. Click Arizona Daily Star 1.4.13

More next-level plans

Salpointe lineman Cody Gibson, the son of former UA safeties coach Tony Gibson, committed to Division II West Virginia Wesleyan.

Salpointe receiver Brogan Kemmerly plans on walking on to the UA football team according to coach Dennis Bene.

Salpointe Catholic track star Alyssa Thompson committed to Wake Forest this week. She plans on doing the heptathlon and horizontal jumps there. Thompson won the Division II triple jump last year, finished second in the 100 hurdles and third in the 300 hurdles to help the Lancers win their first state team title.  Arizona Daily Star 2.1.13

Salpointe's Quihuis, top Tucson golfer, picks UA

Two-time state champion golfer Krystal Quihuis of Salpointe Catholic chose Arizona over ASU last week even though she has a year remaining at Salpointe. Quihuis is surely the top girls golf prospect from Tucson since Sahuaro's Cindy Rarick 35 years ago. Rarick won five LPGA championships. "Krystal is the real thing," said Mike Hultquist (Salpointe Class of 1975), a former varsity golfer at Arizona and Oklahoma who has worked with her at Salpointe. "She's tough. No one outworks her. She turned down a full scholarship at ASU to stay home and be a Wildcat, and full scholarships in college golf are hard to come by." … Click for more.  Arizona Daily Star 2.3.13

Project Yes leader helps ‘every day in every way’

The recipient of a Ben's Bell is Sister Mary Anne McElmurry (Salpointe Class of 1959).

McElmurry, the facilitator of the Project Yes tutoring and mentoring program, was nominated by Dot Santy.

Santy has known McElmurry for seven years through volunteering at Project Yes.

Santy nominated McElmurry for her dedication to helping kids and fostering a love of education that helps keep them in school and prevents them from dropping out. Kids come to the program for homework help and to have a snack. Click for more of the story.  Arizona Daily Star 1.19.13

‘Working like a machine,’ Lancers move on

For most of the season, Salpointe Catholic was without its leader. In early September, the Lancers lost midfielder Christian Garcia to a hernia injury. For four months, Garcia wasn't able to help No. 4 Salpointe (23-2) in its state title defense, which the Lancers officially started in a 6-1 thrashing of Mohave High School (17-3-1) on Wednesday night. It hurt Garcia to cough and get out of bed, but what hurt the most was that he wasn't able to contribute for Salpointe in his senior season. Then, finally, he returned on Jan. 19 in a game against Flowing Wells and scored a goal in a win. "I'm feeling really good," Garcia said Wednesday. Salpointe coach Wolfgang Weber is slowly working Garcia back into the mix… for more of the story.  Arizona Daily Star 1.31.13

Microbrewery to Celebrate Opening

After a couple years of competitions and perfecting its recipes, Ten Fifty-Five Brewing has opened its tap room, and its beer will soon be served at Zona 78 restaurants.

The brewery, owned by longtime avid home brewers Chris Squires and John Paul Vyborny '00, is celebrating its grand opening at 3810 E. 44th St., Suite 315, beginning at noon Saturday. They will have four beers on tap: Two Sons Citra (imperial IPA), Lazy Duck (American wheat), Leap Pale Ale (American pale ale) and Sugar Skull (sweet chocolate milk stout).

The day also includes live music and a food truck selling Sonoran hot dogs and tacos.

Ten Fifty-Five - the name was inspired by Vyborny's late brother Matt Vyborny '02, whose intials in Roman numerals is 1055 - has opened for several tastings since mid-December. At the last one, 100 people turned up, Vyborny said.

The partners have been brewing beer at the Warehouse District location since November.

To keep up with Ten Fifty-Five, follow the brewery on Facebook at

Ten Fifty-Five beers will soon be available at the two Zona 78 locations: 78 W. River Road and 7301 E. Tanque Verde Road.


Adam Alexander RHP/OF Soph. – Briar Cliff (IA)
Kevin Brice OF Fresh. – Pomona (CA)
Fernando Careaga OF Fresh. – Pacific (OR)
Ray Eastman IF Fresh. – Belmont (TN)
Harrison Graham OF Jr. – Trinity (TX)
Jack Hale OF Jr. – Chico St (CA)
Jacob Hunter IF Jr. – Yale
Hunter Miller RHP Fresh. – Grand Canyon
Joey Pavlovich RHP RS Sr. – East Central (OK)
Ryan Penaflor OF Fresh. – Grinnell (IA)
Joe Serrano OF Soph. – Arkansas
Dan Slania RHP Jr. – Notre Dame for more!

High school golf: Quihuis commits to Arizona

Krystal Quihuis ’14 has verbally committed to play golf at Arizona, according to her coach, Michele Murphy ’87. Murphy said Quihuis and her family are "very excited" even though she won't officially sign for another year. Quihuis has helped the Lancers win back-to-back team state titles and has won consecutive individual crowns. She has also been the Arizona Daily Star's Southern Arizona girls golfer of the year, two years in row. Click for the story.  Arizona Daily Star 1.29.13

Gaona in the Game: Lancer's senior healthy, scores goal after surgery – Peña and Thorson both commit

Eight days ago, Salpointe Catholic senior Christian Garcia got a significant part of his life back.

Last year's Arizona Daily Star Southern Arizona Player of the Year returned to the pitch for the first time this season and made an immediate impact by scoring a goal.

Garcia said he suffered an inguinal hernia playing club soccer in September, and it nearly cost him his entire high school season.

He had surgery to repair it late last month and……click for the story. Arizona Daily Star 1.25.13

Alyssa Thompson commits to Wake Forest

Salpointe Catholic hurdler and jumper Alyssa Thompson has committed to Wake Forest where she plans on doing the heptathlon and horizontal jumps.

Thompson helped the Lancers win their first team track and field state title last season. She won the triple jump, was second in the 100-meter hurdles and long jump and third in the 300 hurdles, scoring 32 of Salpointe’s 85 points which won the Division II championship.

Last summer, with her club team, Thompson finished second in the heptathlon and seventh in the triple jump at the National Junior Olympics in Baltimore, Md.

Thompson was also recruited by Arizona, Arizona State, Northern Arizona, University of Colorado-Boulder, Dartmouth and Boise State.

Click  for the story.  Arizona Daily Star 1.25.13

UA students use Facebook to show how much they "like" thier peers

At most colleges, students use Facebook to share their photos and catch up with friends.

But at The University of Arizona, students are using the social media site to spread positivity across campus.

In November, Sophomore Vinson Liu created a Facebook page called "UA Compliments". Facebook users can send in a kind message about a UA student and then an anonymous Facebook user posts it to the page for all to see. "I just invited maybe 20 friends to it and then from there it just exploded," Liu says.

Within the first week the page had 1,700 "likes". Today it has more than 3,000 and the number keeps growing. "It has been so incredible to watch the numbers grow," Liu says.

Freshman Mike Botelho (Salpointe Class of 2012) has received two compliments on the page.

One reads: "To Mike Botelho: At first you may come off as a tough guy, but you have a big heart and you always seem to put others before yourself. I admire that you have strong values and that you stick with them."

"It pretty much made my day a hundred times better," Botelho says.

He has also sent in a compliment and plans on sending more. "Seeing how happy it makes me feel I would love to make someone else feel that," Botelho says.

"When you know it's genuine I think it can go pretty far, it can make your day or week," says Senior Christina Manuele. She has never used the page, but is thinking about posting to it in the future.

Liu says right now the page is receiving about 30 messages a day. They are usually posted at 10am and 10pm.

In a society where cyberbullying often ends in tragedy, the page provides a means to attack it.

Liu says he hopes to get as many students involved as possible. "And if one day we get all 40,000, that would be incredible," Liu says.

Liu says since he created the "UA Compliments" page he has seen similar pages pop up at other universities, including NAU and ASU.

To check out the page head to : Channel 4 News 1.24.13

High School Football: Salpointe’s Peña commits to Brown

Salpointe Catholic’s all-time leading rusher Johnny Peña has committed to Brown University.

Peña was on an official visit at Brown this weekend and made the announcement Saturday night via Twitter, saying: “Just committed officially to Brown.... Best night already, let's goooooooo! Dreams of playing D1 college ball is fulfilled. #blessed

In a phone interview today, Peña said Brown just felt like the right place. He had drawn interest from other Ivy Leagues but didn’t have to think long about his choice.

“Over the summer I had (unofficially) visited Yale, Princeton, Cornell and Dartmouth and I liked them but Brown was definitely the fit for me,” Peña said.

Salpointe coach Dennis Bene said Brown’s recruiting coordinator Joe Leslie, a Salpointe alumus, recruited Peña.

Click for more of the story.  Arizona Daily Star 1.20.13

Salpointe adds three former Arizona Wildcats to softball coaching staff

Stacy Redondo Schulte, Marcie Aguilar and Renee Rosas Weatherless were all part of the University of Arizona’s first national softball championship in 1991 and they have been reunited to help lead Salpointe back to state-wide prominence.

“It’s truly exciting to bring to the Lancer program some of the things we learned from our days at the U of A under coach Mike Candrea,” explained new head coach Schulte.

“He has influenced all of us in a very significant, positive way! Coach taught us so much about how to be successful on and off the field and we consider it a great honor to pass on many of those lessons to the young ladies on our team.”

Schulte coached the junior varsity team at Salpointe in 1994 and 1995 before she moved up to assist with the varsity team in 1996. Coincidentally or not, the Lancers won the 5A title that year. Schulte stayed with the program until 1998 and remained at first base even though she was nine months pregnant with her son Chad. (Chad is now a freshman at Salpointe).

“When I was first approached by Salpointe to consider the coaching position one of my first thoughts was to build a coaching staff that could work together successfully,” She added.

“When Marcie and Renee agreed to come on board….Click for more of the story. 1.16.13

Salpointe star receiver Cameron Denson ’14 commits to Arizona’s 2014 class

Arizona Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez started his 2014 recruiting class with a flourish Saturday, getting a commitment from Salpointe Catholic receiver Cameron Denson, one of the top juniors in the state.

“We talked about it, and one of the things I said is, ‘If you’re going to commit early, you’ve got to make sure you’re 100 percent sure,’” Lancers coach Dennis Bene told the Arizona Republic, our Gannett partner.

“He’s 100 percent sure. This is a very solid commitment. This is great for the home town. Rich has that recruiting class up and going.”

Denson had a slew of Pac-12 scholarship offers, as well as ones from Notre Dame and Oklahoma. The major recruiting services rate him four out of five stars in early rankings of the 2014 class.

Denson (6-1, 175) is an exceptional athlete, pressed into duty …… Click  1.12.13  More about Cameron’s decision Arizona Daily Star 1.13.13

Watch the KVOA interview!

RichRod battling for local talent
At 4:09 p.m., Saturday, Salpointe Catholic junior receiver Cameron Denson tweeted "Good day to be a Wildcat." He did so while still in Rich Rodriguez's office with Lancers coach Dennis Bene.

At 4:49, Bene sent this text: "Just left RichRod's office. Cam Denson committed."

Denson would celebrate by having dinner with his mother at Red Lobster, and that was that. No suspense. One of the potentially epic recruiting Tucson battles, Arizona v. ASU, never materialized. for more of the story. Arizona Daily Star 1.25.13

Greg Hansen's Southern Arizona Top 100 sports figures of 2012 includes 17 Lancers!

#14 Greg Foster and Rick Schantz
#36 Dan Slania
#38 Malisa Carino
#46 Cameron Denson
#50 Andy Trouard
#52 Wolfgang Weber
#53 Krystal Quihuis
#58 Michaela Crunkleton-Wilson
#72 Michael Hoard
#75 Christian Garcia
#76 Courtney Amos
#86 Matt and Andrew Dunn
#87 Sara Brown
#91 Chase Brennan
#95 Talbot Denny

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All-Southern Arizona Top Football Players of 2012

All-Southern Arizona Top Football Players of 2012

First Team Offense:
OL: Travis Fister
Athlete: Cameron Denson
RB: Johnny Pena

First Team Defense:
DL: Carlos Carroll
LB: Jake Casteel
LB: Taylor Powell
DB: Jay Williams

Second Team Offense:
OL: Dylan Greenberg
OL: Breeon Auzenne
K: Luke Bakewell

Second Team Defense:
DL: James Kurtak
DL: Alex Arnaud

Third Team Offense:
QB: Andrew Cota
OL: Cody Gibson

Third Team Defense:
LB: Nick Welchert
DB: Jake Noonan

Honorable Mention:
Kevin Hamlett
Justin Holt
Brogan Kemmerly
Donovan Olumba
Ausstin Sene
Austin Weaver

For more of the story click   Arizona Daily Star 12.23.12

Salpointe hangs on to win Chris Maier final over Dorados.

Hope nets two goals as Lancers overcome conditions, fatigue.
On Saturday, the Salpointe Catholic boys soccer team claimed the Chris Maier Invitational championship for the third consecutive year. But there was something different about the 3-2 win over Canyon del Oro in the title game. This time, the Lancers not only had to battle the Dorados, but also had to play in drizzling rain and 40-degree temperatures on a muddy field at Sabino High School.  Click for more of the story.  Arizona Daily Star 12.16.12

Melissa Vito '69 is Mentor of the Year

UA Vice President for Student Affairs, Melissa Vito ’69 is 40 under 40 Mentor of the Year!

Send a Kid to Camp and Jeff Ronstadt '82 awarded

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Southern Arizona Chapter named the Arizona Daily Star’s Sportsmen’s Fund Send a Kid to Camp program and longtime Sportsmen’s Fund board member Jeff Ronstadt ’82 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser.  Click for more of the story.  Arizona Daily Star 12.14.12

Peña attracts Ivy League schools

Lost in the craziness of the final couple weeks of the high school football season was the end of a brilliant career. Salpointe Catholic running back Johnny Peña, a four-year varsity player, finished his career with 4,681 rushing yards and 61 rushing scores. He finished his senior season with 1,526 yards on the ground and 25 TDs. Salpointe coach Dennis Bene said Peña's recruitment has heated up recently with Yale, Brown and Princeton all showing heavy interest. Bene said Peña will take visits in January. The coach said he's hoping to have five to eight seniors sign to play football in college.  Arizona Daily Star 12.7.12

2012 Fall All-Southern Arizona Teams announced

Selections are based on Arizona Daily Star staff observations and collected statistics in consultation with area coaches.  Arizona Daily Star 12.2.12

Boys Swimming – Coach of the Year, Matt Hough
First Team: Billy Early - 50 free, Lawrence Muldoon – 500 free, Daniel Brauer, Colin Brust, J.C. Balserak, Billy Early – 200 relay
Second Team: Connor McGinnis, John Casey, J.C. Balserak, Billy Early – 200 medley relay, Billy Early – 100 free, Connor McGinnis – 100 back, Daniel Brauer, Lawrence Muldoon, J.C. Balserak, Nick Lyle – 400 relay
Honorable Mention: Dixon Hinderaker, Joe Lucker, Matthew Scherer

Girls Swimming – Coach of the Year, Chad Castillo '02
First Team: Cecelia Croman, Zoe Romanoski, Michelle Trujillo, Natalie Ward – 200 medley relay, Natalie Ward – 500 free, Cecelia Croman – 100 back
Second Team: Natalie Ward – 200 free, Michelle Trujillo – 200 individual medley, Michelle Trujillo – 100 fly, Michelle Trujillo, Harleigh Perolla, Carly Croman, Lara Graziano – 200 relay, Cecelia Croman, Carley Croman, Laura Graziano, Natalie Ward – 400 relay
Honorable Mention: Ivanna Arizpe, Emily Benson, Claire Edwards, McKenzie Liberty-Bibbens, Kylee Mattingly, Josephine Tolsa-Santillan

Girls Golf – Athlete of the Year, Krystal Quihuis -  Coach of the Year, Michele Murphy '87
First Team: Krystal Quihuis, Brianna Vogel
Second Team: Ariceli Esquivel, Claire Hanson
Honorable Mention: Alexandra Friedman, Andrea Trevino

Boys Golf
First Team: Trent Terry
Second Team: Spencer Arnaud
Honorable Mention: Hunter Lowry, Lucky Streiff, Ryan Tanner, Troy Terry

Girls Volleyball
First Team: Haley Howell
Honorable Mention: Emily Christensen, Abby Reuland, Dominique Velde

Girls Cross Country
Honorable Mention: Hailey Conger, Lauren Conger, Diana Gajda, Ciara Kennedy

Boys Cross Country – Athlete of the Year, Andy Trouard
First Team: Andy Trouard
Honoable Mention: Justin Bavier, Patrick Hackett, Rodrigo Ojeda

Sara Brown '04 is even par through four rounds of LGPA Q-School

Salpointe Catholic grad Sara Brown ’04 is even par through four rounds of the LGPA Qualifying School in Florida. That's two strokes out of the top 20 (and ties) entering today's final round. Brown will need to be in that top 20 group to return to the LPGA Tour. She was a regular in 2011. Brown is scheduled to be part of a celebration of Tucson junior golf on Saturday at the Tubac Golf Resort. She'll be joined by pros Don Pooley, Ronnie Black, Christa Johnson, Dan Pohl, Andrew Magee and Rich Barcelo as part of the second Ricky Rarick Junior Golf Benefit. Contact Dennis Palmer ’75 at to enter. Click for story.  Arizona Daily Star 12.2.12

Dan Slania '10 on Baseball America's Top 100 list

Baseball America's annual Top 100 draft prospects list, for 2013, includes Arizona's College World Series star Konner Wade, a junior right-hander who is ranked No. 35 of draft-eligible college players. But former Salpointe Catholic right-hander Dan Slania, a junior at Notre Dame, is ranked No. 26. Slania had a superb 2012 season, going 3-0 with 13 saves and a 2.03 ERA for the Fighting Irish. He was then the Cape Cod League's relief pitcher of the year, at Cotuit, going 2-0 with a 1.52 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 26 innings and 10 saves in the summer league….. Click for story. Arizona Daily Star 12.2.12

Home-delivered food provides nourishment for body, spirit

Salpointe alums, Matt Herrington ’94, Jeanne Dunham Miller ’64 & Priscilla Marquez Altuna ’65 are featured in Mobile Meals story.

Santa isn't the only one transporting important cargo in the Old Pueblo this holiday season: Volunteers with Mobile Meals of Tucson will deliver holiday gift bags along with special diet meals to 225 disabled and homebound adults and seniors in Tucson, Green Valley and Sahuarita. The gift, along with the meals, may be the primary source of holiday cheer for many clients, according to Mobile Meals Executive Director Priscilla Altuna. "Most of our clients live alone and it is not unusual to hear that Mrs. So-and-So puts lipstick on because she knows volunteers are bringing food. If volunteers don't go in, sometimes these clients don't see anyone all day, even during the holidays," Altuna said. "The food gets them through the door, but it is the volunteers' visits that make a real difference……. Click for story.  Arizona Daily Star 12.2.12

Dr. Francisco A.R. Garcia is named Director of the Pima County Health Department

Pima County is pleased to announce the appointment of  Dr.  Francisco A.R. Garcia as Director of the Pima County Public Health Department.

Most recently, Dr. Garcia served as the director of the University of Arizona Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, as well as the director of the Cancer Disparities Institute of  the Arizona Cancer Center. He is also the Distinguished Outreach Professor of Public Health and Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Arizona.

“Pima County faces unique and unprecedented challenges as we continue to grow, and I look forward to working with many partners throughout the community as together we work to make this County a national model for health and wellness.”

Dr. Garcia’s new role will become effective Jan. 2, 2013......

Click for story. 11.28.12

Lancer Thespians Bring Home First Place

Salpointe performers at the Arizona State Thespian festival in Phoenix this past weekend moved judges to tears. “It is rare that a piece of theatre moves me to tears, but you did. I was captivated from the moment you started; your emotional commitment was powerful. Brilliant Work! I’d be proud to have you represent Arizona at Nationals,” said one of the judges.

The Arizona Thespian Society came about in the mid 1970s. In the last three and a half decades the group has provided services for 50,000 students and hundreds of educators. Their mission is “To create the leaders of tomorrow through the educational and theatrical experiences to promote the advocacy of the Performing Arts and develop strong communities.”

The memebers of the Salpointe Advanced Drama are seniors, Will Bostwick, Nick Bowman, Gillian Bryant, Rachel Econ, MaryAnne Fissell, Mark Herrington, Steven Larson, Rachel Mendoza, Drew Milne, Lauren Modiano, Adrianna Rasnake, Elizabeth, Rohlick, Lena Romano, and Emily Van Loan. Juniors include Andy Volk, Nicki Underhill, Tyler Sutton, Chloe Kwaitkowski, and sophmore Matt Weimar.

Each year in November they hold a conference at the Phoenix Convention Center where there are performance competitions by drama students from different schools throughout the state of Arizona. “The festival was a great experience. I learned a lot about acting and all the different aspects of being an actor from film to puppetry to combat. Everyone there was kind and respectful, and it was great to meet so many new and enthusiastic actors. It was like a giant community of teenagers, and it was fun to go out with friends in downtown Phoenix,” said Thespian Andy Volk.

Salpointe’s advanced drama class was named the Chapter Select Showcase One Act Play for the Arizona Thespians. As the winners students will have the privilege of representing the state of Arizona at the National One Act Competition in Nebraska this summer. Mark Harrington, who acted in the award winning short film “The Masks” said, “I didn’t join drama until my junior year and it was like entering a new world. The drama department is unlike anything else that i have been apart of at Salpointe, the talent is abound and the attitude and love for the art is amazing. The amount of time and effort people put in to make themselves, and the shows better is wonderful. Mrs. Milne is the gem of the department though.”

That was only one of the many recognitions earned by Salointe thespians over the weekend. Senior Rachel Econ won Best Short Film Category for her movie “The Masks”. Seniors Lauren Modiano and Will Bostwick also received a Superior ranking in Duet Musical. Lena Romano was ranked Superior in the Monologue competition. Students were not the only Salpointe people honored at the event. Principal Sister Helen Timothy was named the 2012 Administrator of the year for her support of the performing arts and the Advanced Drama Class.

If this wasn’t enough, the Salpointe Thespian Troupe was given the highest recognition of Gold Honor Troupe. ”I started taking drama because when I was little I always enjoyed entertaining people and I believed that I had the ability to go up on stage and make people laugh and smile in highschool through theater,” said Chloe Kwaitkowski.

Mrs. Milne, Salpointe’s drama teacher said, “I could not be more proud of these students. If you have them in class or see them in the halls please take a moment and acknowledge them.”

Click for the story. The Crusader 11.20.12

Latinos find that Tucson is fertile ground for Dairy Queens

For Álvaro '87 and Martina León, the American Dream lies at the corner of Valencia and Midvale. The site will hold their second Dairy Queen restaurant, which is expected to open sometime in December in a bustling, predominantly immigrant section of town. The couple say they are the only Latino owners of Dairy Queens in Southern Arizona. Embarking with them in the enterprise will be 25 new employees, now training at the Leons' first Dairy Queen at Tanque Verde and Kolb roads, and their two teenage sons… for more of the story.  You Made Your Pointe!  Arizona Daily Star 11.26.12

Defending boys soccer champs look to repeat

It doesn't matter who you are. Or how much talent you have.

For while soccer is beautiful, it is also cruel.

The better team doesn't always win. The luck of the bounce favors none.

Tucson Salpointe Catholic boys soccer coach Wolfgang Weber knows this well. He has had some of the best teams Arizona has ever seen in his 31 years as coach.

“And you feel every year that you have a chance to win it,” he said of the ultimate goal that is the state title. “But it has only happened for me five times. The other 26 times, things happen.”

Salpointe Catholic, the defending Division II champion, enters the new season, which begins next week, as the favorite to repeat. With 18 returning players from last season's 25-2-1 title team, Salpointe Catholic has what it takes to win back-to-back championships for the first time since the 1985-1986 seasons. But Weber isn't penciling in any victory that hasn't happened yet.

“We always have to be on this path of continuous improvement,” Weber said. “The moment we don't do that then lies the trouble ahead.”

Salpointe still lost key players to graduation who will be tough to replace, including defender Chase Brennan (who Weber said was one of the best he's ever coached). And senior midfielder Christian Garcia, a first-team All-State player in Division II last season, will likely be out until mid-to-late January because of a sports hernia.

So while Salpointe is the favorite…. Click for story. 11.18.12

Salpointe Catholic Tip-Off Classic opens today! Boyd Baker invite and Brandon Bean Tournament too!

Boys and girls basketball

The Salpointe Catholic Tip-Off Classic, a boys basketball tournament, opens today.

The local teams entered are: Amphitheater, Catalina Foothills, Nogales, Palo Verde, Rincon/University, Sabino, Salpointe and Santa Rita.

Pool play is set for today, Tuesday and Wednesday. The semifinals are Friday and the championship game is Saturday at 8 p.m., at Salpointe.

The Boyd Baker Invite, a 16-team girls hoops tournament, tips off Wednesday. It wraps up Saturday with the championship game.

Only local teams are entered: Amphitheater, Canyon del Oro, Catalina, Empire, Ironwood Ridge, Marana, Nogales, Palo Verde, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge Christian, Sahuarita, Sahuaro, Salpointe Catholic, Sierra Vista Buena, Sunnyside and Tucson.

Boys and girls soccer

Salpointe also hosts the Brandon Bean Tournament starting today for boys and girls soccer.

The tournament runs all week, with the championship games set for next Monday.

All schools are entered on both the girls and boys sides. The teams in the field are: Canyon del Oro, Catalina Foothills, Cienega, Douglas, Flowing Wells, Ironwood Ridge, Mountain View, Nogales, Palo Verde, Pusch Ridge Christian, Rincon/University, Rio Rico, Sabino, Sahuaro, Salpointe Catholic, Sierra Vista Buena and Tucson.

Click for story.  Arizona Daily Star 11.19.12

Tom Nichols '58 will autograph new novel at Clues Unlimited

Thomas J. (Tom) Nichols, Class of '58 and retired Deputy Chief of the TPD will be at Clues Unlimited, 3100 E. Ft. Lowell on Saturday, Nov. 24th at 2pm. 

 Tom is a Writers Digest award winning author and will be autographing his newest novel, Sweet Emily, a police docu-drama set in the Dallas Texas area.

See Tom's top selling Voices in the Fog, and the upcoming film based on his book Color of the Prism at

Brian Prouty '02 reaches final stage of the PGA Tours Qualifying School

Salpointe Catholic and UA grad Brian Prouty ’02 played his way into the final stage of the PGA Qualifying School on Saturday in California. Prouty had rounds of 68-74-64-72, and was fifth overall. The top 19 and ties advanced to next month's final stage.  Click for the story.  Arizona Daily Star 11.18.12

Can-do, determined family has been force for neighborhood improvements

(Vega Lancers: Enrique ‘Henry’ Vega ’82, Monica Vega Munoz ’84, Amanda Vega Heller ’86, Elsa Vega Guerra ’91, Ramon Munoz ’08, Sophia Munoz ’10.)

After years of frustration, of trying to get the city to remove debris from Rodeo Wash and to make it a little bit attractive, Enrique Vega took matters into his own hands.

He recruited dozens of volunteers from his neighborhood near C.E. Rose Elementary School on South 12th Avenue. Together, they planted about 50 donated mesquite trees and some cactus on the banks of the wash that cuts behind the school.

That was 20 years ago.

About half of the trees died since then, but the efforts of Vega and his family to improve their neighborhood live on. They have continued to rally neighborhood support for improvement projects and for other issues affecting their homes in the predominantly Chicano neighborhood.

"If anything, I was politically inspired by my parents," said Enrique, 48, a former U.S. Marine studying at Northern Arizona University.

The Vega family effort began before Enrique was born……..  Click for more of the story. Arizona Daily Star 11.18.12

Bene opts for room with a view - Denson receives offer #9

There was a really weird play in Salpointe's Catholic 35-7 win over Mountain View in the quarterfinals.

Trailing 21-7 and building momentum, Mountain View had the ball around midfield.
Quarterback Cody Rochon threw a long pass that was intercepted by Salpointe safety Jay Williams……Click for more of the story.  Arizona Daily Star 11.16.12

High school baseball: Salpointe's Hoard signs with Arizona

Salpointe Catholic senior first baseman Michael Hoard signed his national letter of intent with the Arizona Wildcats this morning. He signed his letter with a few family members at the house in a private ceremony.

He committed to the Wildcats the summer after his sophomore season and has had to wait more than a year to sign with coach Andy Lopez's team. He was finally allowed to sign on Wednesday and is excited to be part of the Wildcats.

"This is what I've always wanted," Hoard said.

The left-handed hitting first baseman will likely be drafted in June's Major League Baseball Draft. He will then have the option of signing with the organization that drafts him or attending Arizona. He said he will wait to see where he is picked and how much money is offered before he makes his final decision.

Hoard wasn't the only local athlete to sign with the Wildcats on Wednesday. Flowing Wells gymnastics standout Selynna Felix-Terrazas signed with Arizona as did Ironwood Ridge swimmer Sara Borendame.

For more coverage of signing day and a list of athletes who plan to sign during the early signing period, please check out tomorrow's Daily Star.

Click for the story.  Arizona Daily Star 11.14.12

Playoff Football: #1 Salpointe vs #4 Centennial streamed live

Playoff Football: #1 Salpointe vs #4 Centennial @ Amphi HS 11.16.12 @ 7pm – Also streamed live on @

Playoff Football: Salpointe vs Centennial on YouTube, Friday, Nov 16 at 9:00 EST LIVE at Amphi HS -

Linebackers key for Salpointe push for state title

Salpointe Catholic linebackers Carlos Carroll, Jake Casteel and Taylor Powell have combined for 295 tackles and 18 sacks and have forced 14 turnovers this season. They have emerged as Southern Arizona's best group of linebackers and are a big reason why the top-seeded Lancers are in the Division II semifinals Friday night. Here's something else to know about them: They aren't a lot alike. Carroll, an SMU commit, is the leader of the group. "He's the quiet and unassuming guy until he gets upset," coach Dennis Bene said. "Then the flip switches, and he turns into a different guy. When he flips out, you don't want to be around him. He gets really nasty." Casteel, the son of Arizona Wildcats defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel, doesn't have a switch, "Jake being the new guy, he doesn't say anything," Bene said. "He just keeps to himself and makes plays." Then, there's Powell, the sophomore, who might just be the best sophomore linebacker in the state and the one who likes to have a little fun. "I'd say Taylor is the life of the party," Bene said. "He has a lot of personality and a great sense of humor." The Daily Star recently chatted with all three players and got to know them a little better.

Carlos Carroll, senior
Key stats: 79 tackles and nine sacks. What he does well: At 6 feet 3 inches and 220 pounds, Carroll is the biggest of the group and knows how to use his size. The Salpointe coaches often walk him up to the line because he can shed blocks from offensive linemen because of his size. Here's to you, dad: Carroll, who was injured in Salpointe's final regular-season game in 2011, didn't start playing football until his freshman season. His father, Ray, a Pima County supervisor, wouldn't let his son play football because he was afraid Carlos would get hurt. Finally, son convinced father he was bigger than everyone else and should play. Quotable: "Last year, when I got injured in the Ironwood Ridge game, I didn't see it, but the coaches said everyone on defense just dropped. I never think of myself as a leader of the defense or anything. But, they told me the whole defense dropped, so I've been trying to step up and lead." – Carroll

Jake Casteel, junior
Key stats: 103 tackles, six sacks, five fumble recoveries and three interceptions
What he does well: Bene and Carroll both say they've never seen a player with a better nose for the ball. The junior is always around the football, making tackles or forcing turnovers. Casteel isn't sure where that talent comes from, but thinks it's a by-product of him always giving maximum effort.
Here's to you, dad: His dad may be the defensive coordinator of Arizona, but the two don't talk strategy. The younger Casteel said his dad likes to leave the coaching to the Salpointe coaches, and if the two talk about football, it's "mostly about effort and playing hard."
Quotable: "I always make sure to run down the ball. It just comes natural. I'm not sure where it comes from. … It took a little while to adjust to the speed of the game out here, but I feel like I'm adjusted now and have been able to make plays." – Casteel

Taylor Powell, sophomore
Key stats: 113 tackles and three forced fumbles. What he does well: Bene said Powell's biggest strength is how he "fills the gap." What the coach means is Powell is excellent at identifying the hole where the offense is going to run, and being there with his shoulder pads square to make a tackle.
Here's to you, dad: Powell is trying to become the second member of his family to play college football. His father, Jay, played at Tulsa and New Mexico State and got his son into football as soon as he was old enough. Taylor has early interest from UCLA and Colorado.
Quotable: "My grandpa told me when I was younger, I used to just run around and do whatever. When I got to high school, I really had to focus. I learned how to fill the gap and always be where I need to be." - Powell

Click for story.  Arizona Daily Star 11.14.12

High School Football State Tournament; Salpointe 35, Mountain View 7

Dennis Bene has been the head coach at Salpointe Catholic since 2001. He's won 104 regular-season games and has produced some of the best talent Southern Arizona has ever seen.

Friday night, he added another line to his résumé: "coach of a state semifinalist."

The top-seeded Lancers (12-1) beat visiting Mountain View 35-7 and advanced to the state semifinals for the first time since 2000.

"I've been thinking about this for 12 years," said Bene, who took over the program in 2001. "It's a giant weight off my chest. There is pressure. We've been close, but you need to kick down the door and get there, and we finally did tonight."

The Lancers will play No. 4 Peoria Centennial on Friday night at Amphitheater High School.

Salpointe was determined to win the game for Bene and send him to the semifinals for the first time. Wide receiver Cameron Denson said defensive coordinator Joe Bernier addressed the team Monday during a weightlifting session with a heartfelt speech about his boss.

"He gave us a great speech about how Coach Bene is a great coach, but all everyone in town says is, 'But he hasn't been past the quarterfinals,'" Denson said. "We really wanted this game for him and be the team that got him there first.

"We gave him the game ball after the game, and that felt great. He deserves it."

The Lancers came out with a furious start and jumped on the No. 9 Mountain Lions early. After a 33-yard pass from quarterback Andrew Cota to Denson, running back Johnny Peña scored from 2 yards on Salpointe's second play from scrimmage.

The Lancers held Mountain View to a three-and-out on its second possession and scored right away again. Peña scored again - this time from 4 yards - to give the Lancers a 14-0 lead.

Cota found receiver Brogan Kemmerly for a 15-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to extend the lead to 21-0, which was the halftime score.

Cota was locked in during the first half. The junior was per-fect, completing all nine of his passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. He almost had two scores in the first 24 minutes, but tight end Robert Wilson fumbled at the 1-yard line right before halftime.

He added another touchdown pass to Kemmerly in the second half and finished 12 for 14 for 215 yards and a pair of scores.

"I thought Andrew was just dead-on tonight," said Bene of his quarterback, who added 63 rushing yards. "He was fantastic in very windy conditions."

Cota suffered a minor arm injury in the third quarter but missed just a few plays before returning.

His favorite target in the win was Denson, who finished with 146 yards on six catches. Peña also had a standout game, rushing for 215 yards on 23 carries and adding three touchdowns. He had three runs of 25 or more yards.

"We have so many weapons on offense, it's tough to shut us down," Denson said.

The Mountain Lions (8-4) struggled to find much offense other than running back Richie Estrada. He rushed for 119 yards on 25 carries.

The team's lone touchdown came on a 25-yard pass from Cody Rochon to Brandon Cruz.

"There are a lot of lumps in the road when you're building a program and you have to bounce back and get better," Mountain View coach Clarence McRae said. "Our guys will definitely be ready for next year."

Click  for story.  Arizona Daily Star 11.10.12

Salpointe grad, Joe Serrano, looks to return to College World Series with Razorbacks

When Joe Serrano stepped on the field at TD Ameritrade Park on Saturday June, 16, for the University of Arkansas, he became the second player from Tucson, Ariz., to play in a game at the new home of the College World Series.

The Salpointe Catholic High School graduate, did not disappoint in his first game in Omaha. That day Serrano led the Razorbacks with three hits in an 8-1 win over Kent State.

“Going into your freshman year at any university you really just hope to make the lineup and get in the game,” said Serrano. “Being able to play in the College World Series as a freshman was surreal. I’ve never seen 33,000 fans at once for a baseball game in college athletics.”

Serrano, who split time between left field and designated hitter, batted .333 in 33 games in his first season with the Razorbacks.

Click for more of the story.  Baseball Tucson 11.8.12

With 4 games this week, it is all about state football

The other fall sports have cleared and football has the spotlight to itself this week.

Volleyball, cross country swimming and fall soccer all wrapped up Saturday, leaving football as the only sport still going.

Southern Arizona got five teams through to the quarterfinals and all five are thinking about a state championship.

Here's a look at the four games involving Southern Arizona teams this week:

Friday at 7 p.m.

Division II

• Mountain View at Salpointe: The Mountain Lions are past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2003.

Salpointe topped Mountain View 40-10 earlier this season and Cameron Denson rushed for 239 yards as the quarterback. He's moved back to receiver with Andrew Cota healthy again, but will still be someone Mountain View will look to shut down.

With a win, the Lancers would advance to the state semifinals for the first time since 2000.

• Glendale Apollo at Ironwood Ridge: The two teams hook up in the playoffs for the second straight year. Ironwood Ridge topped Apollo 43-20 last season.

The Nighthawks are trying to make their fourth semifinal appearance since 2008.

Senior running back Anthony Braunreiter rushed for 130 yards and four touchdowns in the opening round against Prescott.

Click for story.  Arizona Daily Star 11.5.12

Salpointe's Trouard snags ninth state title with victory

In first cross country season, Lancer’s senior sets records, runs alone.

Salpointe Catholic senior Andy Trouard won eight state titles last season, none of which came in cross country.

That changed on Saturday.

Trouard snagged his ninth championship as a Lancer and first in cross country when he won the boys Division II title in 16 minutes 1.99 seconds.

And he made it look easy, covering the 3.1 miles at Cave Creek Golf Course all alone for the most part. That was also his pattern at the sectional meet when he broke the course record he had set there earlier this year.

"I'm so super happy," Trouard said. He hoped Salpointe could leave with the team title. However, that went to Cave Creek Cactus Shadows, which scored 78 points to top Canyon del Oro, the defending team champions. The Dorados were second with 142 points.

Not far behind the Dorados was Mountain View (158), Ironwood Ridge (165) and Salpointe (166).

Click for story.  Arizona Daily Star 11.4.12

Salpointe girls win D-II state championship

The Salpointe girls won their first team championship Saturday by 25 points over Arcadia. The win was a flip of the results from last year when Arcadia beat the Lancers by 29 points for the D-II crown.

2012: D-II Champions
2011: D-II Runner Up
2003: 5A Third Place
2000: 5A Third Place
1996: 5A Runner Up
1995: 5A Runner Up
1994: 5A Runner Up
1993: 5A Runner Up
1992: 5A Third Place
1991: 5A Third Place

The Lancers are coached by Chad Castillo '02 and Emma Darlington '07.

Salpointe also won the 200 Medley Relay with Cecelia Croman '15, Zoe Romanoski '14, Michelle Trujillo '16 & Natalie Ward '16.

Click for story. 11.3.12

Girls' swimming: Salpointe claims State title

When the Salpointe Catholic High School girls swim team set its goals for the season, winning the Division II championship was the No. 1 priority.

Mission accomplished.

The Lancers won their first event of the day - the 200-yard medley relay - and topped Phoenix Arcadia by 25 points Saturday at Skyline Aquatics Center.

"We always thought this was real possible," coach Chad Castillo said.

"I told them we have the 16 best swimmers out there."

The Lancers finished second at the state meet last year while the boys team won a title, and the roles were reversed this year.

Sophomore Cecelia Croman said her team was "just ecstatic" to come out on top, adding that it was easy to keep building momentum after winning the first event of the day.

"I think everyone saw us go out there and win and it kind of inspired everyone to give it everything they had," said Croman, who was on the medley relay team and also finished second in the 100 backstroke.

Salpointe blew away the rest of the D-II Southern Arizona field, with Sabino the closest finisher at 129 points behind the Lancers.

The only other Southern Arizona winner Saturday was Ironwood Ridge's Sara Borendame in the Division I 100 breast stroke.

Borendame also won the event last year and is one of the most heavily recruited swimmers in the state.

She finished fifth in her only other event of the day, the 200 IM.

But while Southern Arizona can claim a D-I individual champion, things didn't go well for the teams.

Catalina Foothills finished sixth and Ironwood Ridge was 10th, but they were the only two Southern Arizona schools to crack the top 20.

Catalina Foothills finished second in the 200 free relay and third in 400 free relay, but that was the closest the Tucson area came to producing another winner.

Click for story.  Arizona Daily Star 11.4.12

Lancers blitz Notre Dame 45 - 9

Salpointe Catholic star Cameron Denson made sure to watch plenty of film of Scottsdale Notre Dame's pass-heavy offense.

He saw enough that it didn't surprise him late in the first half when, with the ball at the Lancers' 11-yard line, Notre Dame quarterback Nick Duckworth dropped back and looked to his left for an out route and a chance to cut Salpointe's lead to one score.

So Denson - one of Southern Arizona's top playmakers - did what playmakers do: He jumped the route and returned his interception 97 yards while going untouched. Then Salpointe's Jake Casteel recovered a fumble in the end zone on the ensuing kickoff, and the route was on.

Host Salpointe scored 14 points in that seven-second span to take a 31-3 halftime lead, and the top-seeded Lancers rolled to a 45-9 victory in the first round of the Division II playoffs Friday night.

"That was just a huge momentum change," said Denson, who had two interceptions on the night. "We could tell they stopped fighting after that."

Notre Dame upset then-No. 2 seed Salpointe in the first round a year ago. But instead of using the loss as a way to get his team fired up Friday, Lancers coach Dennis Bene said it gave Salpointe an example of how not to prepare as a top seed and heavy favorite.

"We prepared all week like we were the 16th seed," Bene said. "We focused on reasons we got beat last year."

That preparation showed while the Lancers scored 45 unanswered points after Notre Dame took an early 3-0 lead on Grayson Naquin's 43-yard field goal.

Salpointe then scored on its next three possessions to go up 17-3 before the wacky end to the first half.

After Denson's pick-six, the Saints didn't cross the Salpointe 30-yard line until the waning minutes of the fourth quarter. The Lancers held a 150-yard advantage in total yards and picked up 16 first downs to Notre Dame's 8.

The Saints forced back-to-back three-and-outs to open the second half, but Notre Dame's offense wasn't able to move the ball. Still, Notre Dame coach Gary Gregory said he's satisfied with the game's result.

"I'm proud and happy of how our kids battled," Gregory said.

"Salpointe is no joke. That's a great team," he added. "We came down here to battle, and that's what we did despite what the score says."

Salpointe quarterback Andrew Cota completed 14 of 19 passes for 176 yards and a score - helping the Lancers' offense move the ball despite standout running back Johnny Peña being limited to 66 yards on 19 carries.

Salpointe will host No. 9 seed Mountain View in next week's quarterfinals.

The Lancers topped the Mountain Lions 40-0 in their fifth game of the season, but Denson said that score is now irrelevant.

"We know anyone can beat us," Denson said. "We have to come ready to play against anybody."

Click  for story.  Arizona Daily Star 11.3.12

Wynona Peters '07 serves as Miss Tohono O'odham Nation

Wynona Peters ’07 has always felt a strong connection with her American Indian culture. While at USD, she double majored in ethnic studies and sociology. She was a leader and mentor in USD’s Native American Student Organization as well as the American Indian Recruitment Program. After graduating, she was appointed to serve as an ambassador for the Tohono O’odham Nation. Click to read her story! YOU MADE YOUR POINTE!

HS swimming: Salpointe boys, girls fresh for state, feel their training gamble paid off

Both of Salpointe Catholic's swim teams spent the season building their training toward the state meet. That's a luxury the Lancers can afford as one of the top programs in the state.
Salpointe heads into Friday and Saturday's Division II state meet at Skyline Aquatic Center in Mesa looking to build off its finish from a year ago, when the boys took the state title and the girls team finished second.
Boys coach Matt Hough said his squad lost 10 swimmers off the title team from a year ago, but said one mistake by a favorite can give a team like Salpointe all the room it needs to make a move.
"Really, our goal is a top-three finish," Hough said. "But one DQ in a relay, one bad race, that can push anyone to the top."
Although Hough knows it'll take a break or two for the Lancers to repeat as DII champions, they have no shortage of individuals who should compete for a title.
Hough said seniors J.C. Balserak and Daniel Brauer should both contend for a top finish.
But while the rebuilding boys team is expecting to take a step back, the girls squad is expecting to make some noise after its runner-up finish last year.
"I really like our chances," coach Chad Castillo said. "I'm excited.
"We've placed in a really respectable way all year."
Here's a look at how Salpointe has prepared heading into the season's final meet:

The taper
Both teams set their taper - training to set up a peak performance - for the state meet instead of doing it for a chance to qualify. Although both coaches acknowledged that it's a gamble to assume swimmers are going to qualify for state, it could give the Lancers a clear advantage Saturday during the finals.
"You can't swim back-to-back weeks and expect your best times," Hough said. "They feel a lot more confident heading into state because they sat out in the last week."
Hough said the taper starts about 11 days before whichever event the team is trying to peak for. Each swimmer will take 200-300 yards out of their training schedule each day, which is supposed to lead to feeling refreshed.
But Hough said there can be a mental boost, too.
"Part of it is that you're physically fit, but it can also give you a mental boost," he said. "You've got to buy into the process, and your body accumulates that energy."

The plan
Castillo said the girls team trained through invitationals instead of trying to peak for them - something that he said is reflected in the team seedings - and he's hoping that pays off with a state title.
"It is a gamble," Castillo said. "I had a girl that finished 30th, and they take the top 32. Our seeding might not be the most spectacular, but we're hoping to see some time drops."
Hough's boys team took a similar approach.
He said there are two swimmers who train year-round as opposed to just during the summer and leading up to the season, and they should be ready to go for the state meet after building toward it.
The boys team also built up for the state meet throughout the year, hoping to peak there instead of earning higher seeds by performing at AIA-sanctioned invitationals.
"It's not like football, basketball or soccer where you can perform your best every week," Hough said.
"We only had a few kids train just to qualify, but even they're feeling confident because of good finishes."

Division II
No. 16 Scottsdale Notre Dame at No. 1 Salpointe Catholic
No. 14 Prescott at No. 3 Ironwood Ridge
No. 13 Sahuaro at No. 4 Peoria Centennial
No. 9 Mountain View at No. 8 Cienega

Click for story.  Arizona Daily Star 11.1.12

Ex-Lancer volleyball star wins magazine cover spot

Jade Michaelsen ‘06 is one of the leading volleyball players in Tucson prep history, a Salpointe Catholic High School grad who became a three-time All-Mountain West Conference standout at New Mexico. An honor roll student who graduated with a double-major, Michaelsen returned to Tucson last year and works in the software industry. Over the summer, she entered Tucson Lifestyle magazine's annual Model Search. She won. You can see Jade on the cover of the November issue. … 

Click for story.  Arizona Daily Star 10.28.12

Boys cross country: Salpointe's Trouard clocks record mark

Salpointe Catholic senior Andy Trouard paced down the final stretch of the 3.1-mile Marana High course with a huge lead and had no reason to hurry.

The first-year runner had already secured the Division II, Section II cross country title and was in line to break the course record for the second time this year. But he wanted more.

About 15 meters from the finish, Trouard glanced up at the clock and saw the 15-minute mark approaching, so he gave another push.

Tick, tick, tick.

Trouard crossed the line as the clock struck 14:59 and broke the 15-minute mark for the first time.

"Once I got within 15 meters and I could see it I was so stoked," Trouard said. "I knew I could do it, I just needed to keep my mind in the game and stay mentally strong."

His time, a 14:59.3 to be exact, also makes him one of the favorites for Saturday's state championship meet in Phoenix.

"I'm really excited for state," Trouard said. "I've never run the course but it's always fun to run a new course."

The Lancers finished second as a team by eight points with four runners in the top 25.

Canyon del Oro, the defending state champions, won the event with 91 points, thanks to three Dorados in the top 14.

Senior Andrew Garcia led the way, finishing third in 15:33.8.

"I think we can do it again now that we have the confidence," Garcia said about repeating as champs.

CDO coach Rick Glider says his team can repeat but it will be tougher than last year.

"Kids from other teams have been improving and we're not as strong as we were last year," Glider said. "But the boys have been improving week by week."

The key to Trouard's success at the sectional meet was familiarity. Earlier this month he clocked 15:31.6 at the Rattle Co-ed Invitational, setting a record. But, the former swimmer and track state champion ran off course and was dealing with a tender ankle that time around.

Click for story.  Arizona Daily Star 10.28.12

Girls State Golf: Lancers run away with title

With each scorecard turned in at Silverbell Golf Course on Saturday afternoon, Salpointe Catholic's section of the leader board drew increasingly more "oohs" and "aahs" from the crowd.

Friday's first-round scores were low to begin with - the Lancer girls carried a 26-stroke lead into the final round. Salpointe spent Saturday rubbing it in.

The Lancers shaved seven strokes off their first-round 303 to finish at 599, 64 strokes better than second-place Cave Creek Cactus Shadows, and win the Division II state championship. It's their second straight title.

After shooting 4-under 66 Friday, junior Krystal Quihuis led Salpointe with a 1-over 71 in the final round. Her 137 overall was good for a second straight individual crown.

"I'm just happy I kind of shot close to par," said an upbeat Quihuis. "It's really hard just trying to keep those numbers under par.

"A 65 is my best round ever. I was only one stroke off it yesterday."

Quihuis edged long-hitting Canyon del Oro sophomore Morgan Messick, who shot the low round of the day (70) to finish four strokes back with a 141.

Messick was on pace to shoot 68 before double bogeying the final hole.

"I have to admit I'm a little disappointed because I know I could have done better," Messick said.

"I'm so happy for Krystal, though."

Sahuaro sophomore Desiree Hong finished tied for third after shooting a final-round 73, bringing her two-day total to 148.

Hong's Cougars were Salpointe's closest competition from Southern Arizona, finishing fourth (666).

"I'm really proud of my team," Hong said. "Everyone has improved since the season first started."

Southern Arizona teams must improve if they hope to challenge Salpointe at any point in the next several years.

The Lancers' Briana Vogel, who finished sixth with a 150, is the only senior on the roster. Araceli Esquivel (eighth place, 154) and Claire Hanson (13th, 158) are freshmen, and Alex Friedman (23rd, 167) is a junior.

Two extremely talented freshmen, Dana Tanner and Maddi Davis, didn't even crack the state tournament team.

"We're blessed with four good freshmen," Salpointe associate head coach Mike Hultquist said of the future.

"I think we've got a really dedicated group of girls and I think Mike and I create an environment where we don't pressure them," coach Michele Murphy said. "We support them to do their best."

Click for story.  Arizona Daily Star 10.28.12

Pound for Pound the best - Salpointe 30, Ironwood Ridge 14

Pena, Lancers wear out Nighthawks in Battle of City’s top two teams.

After Johnny Peña's 30th carry, a 13-yard gain straight up the middle, Salpointe Catholic wide receiver Cameron Denson turned to the Ironwood Ridge sideline and told the Nighthawks players and coaches something they all already knew.

"That's all day," Denson shouted. "All day."

He wasn't lying.

Peña rushed for 187 yards on 37 carries and added three touchdowns as Salpointe (10-1) beat visiting Ironwood Ridge 30-14 Friday night in a showdown of Tucson's top two Division II teams.

"The plan was pound, pound, pound all game," Lancers left tackle Travis Fister said. "We felt like we could take care of business if we just ran the ball all game.

"Johnny Peña is an amazing running back, and we just let him go to work."

Peña, a senior, was effective the entire 48 minutes and followed the blocks of Fister and the Lancers' offensive line. The starting unit of Fister, Austin Weaver, Dylan Greenberg, Cody Gibson and Breeon Auzenne had its way with Ironwood Ridge's smaller defensive line.

All total, Salpointe rushed for 303 yards on 61 carries.

"You have to give their offensive line a ton of credit," Ironwood Ridge coach Matt Johnson said. "All year long we knew there would be a matchup where our lack of size would hurt us. They did a great job of executing their game plan.

"A lot of teams have had that game plan but not a lot of them have been able to execute it. Salpointe did."

Ironwood Ridge (9-1) jumped out to an early 7-0 lead after a blocked punt by Scott Simmons set the Nighthawks up at the 4-yard line. One play later, running back Anthony Braunreiter scored.

The Lancers answered later in the quarter when Peña scored his first touchdown from 2 yards. Salpointe missed the extra point and trailed by one.

Peña, though, was just getting started.

He scored again from 4 yards early in the second quarter and then had a 1-yard touchdown plunge late in the quarter to give the Lancers a 20-7 lead at halftime.

Peña, playing his final regular-season home game, had 82 yards on 16 carries in the first half.

"Four years of hard work paid off for him tonight," Salpointe coach Dennis Bene said. "He got stronger as the game went on and wore on their defense. That's Johnny Peña's calling card."

Salpointe extended its lead to 27-7 in the third quarter when quarterback Andrew Cota, who finished with 129 yards passing, found junior tight end Robert Wilson for a 28-yard score.

Nighthawks quarterback Tyler Williams scored from 5 yards with 26 seconds remaining in the third to cut it to 13. But, Ironwood Ridge never got any closer.

Williams finished with 162 yards of total offense. His longest rush was a 33-yard gain up the middle where Denson caught him and prevented him from taking the ball all the way.

Denson played nearly the entire game at safety to help keep Williams in check.

"He was back there in case Tyler broke one, which he did in the first quarter," Bene said. "He's probably the only player in the city who could have caught Tyler there, so it was important for him to be there."

Both teams will find out today what their seed is for the state playoffs, which begin Friday.

The Lancers came into the matchup seeded No. 5 by the AIA, but Bene is hopeful they will shoot up to the top spot with Friday's win over the Nighthawks - the No. 1 seed entering Friday.

"We've won 10 games in a row and we've beaten every team from Arizona we've played," said Bene of his Lancers, which lost to Crespi (Calif.) to start the season. "I would really hope we skyrocket to No. 1.

"I think we deserve it."

Click for story. Arizona Daily Star 10.27.12

Salpointe Homecoming 2012

Salpointe Homecoming Tradition begins with:

Sal's Diner - Mexican dinner under the big tent - 5-6:45 p.m.  Beer, wine and Margaritas in the Cantina (ID's required).  Dinner - $10.00/$4.00 beverages.  Tickets at Sal's Diner entrance.

Football - Salpointe Lancers vs. Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks - 7:00 p.m. kickoff in Salpointe's Ed Doherty Stadium. Tickets $4 adults/$3 students with ID's, Lancer students free with Salpointe ID.

Food Drive – The Freshman theology classes are having a food drive for Casa Maria Mission in conjunction with World Food Day. You are invited to bring canned/non-perishable food (or cash donation) to the game to help Lancers with this service project.  Collection stations will be at Sal’s Diner and football field entrances. Thank you!

Salpointe has a new and improved main entrance and parking area as part of its current capital campaign renovations. Please enter campus via the new north entrance off of Glenn St., directly west of the monastery. If you encounter a “full lot,” over-flow parking is available in the gravel lot on the corner of Cherry Ave. and Glenn St.  If you are a member of the Quarterback Club and have your parking pass, you may still enter off of Mountain Ave. for Quarterback Club parking. Several handicap parking spaces are available: four spaces in the new lot via Glenn St. main entrance and four spaces along the gym via the Mountain Ave. entrance.

Go Lancers!

If you are unable to attend you can watch Salpointe vs. Ironwood Ridge on Cox Channel 7 and 1007 HD.  The game will also be streamed LIVE on at 7 p.m.  The game will be replayed on Cox7 and HD 1007 on Sunday at 5 p.m.  Highlights, special features and full games can be seen on Cox On DEMAND Channel 2636 and online at, beginning the Tuesday following the game. You may also view the game live (as well as past games) on iBN at and

High School football Greg Hansen: I-Ridge/Salpointe is an epic game

Don’t show up late, expect a seat; about 8,000 are anticipated!

It is 48 hours before The Game of the Year, and I am stepping row to row, counting the seats at Ed Doherty Stadium. I am thinking: Where will I park?
The old, warped grandstands will seat about 2,400 people, maybe 2,600 if they squeeze in tight. The adjacent bleachers can accommodate 450. Across the field, the visitor's bleachers are limited; only 15 rows, top to bottom. I count 650 spaces, tops.
Capacity: 3,800, maybe a few more.
I ask Salpointe Catholic coach Dennis Bene how many fans he expects at tonight's game.
"About 8,000," he says. "I would like to get a photographer on the roof of the school to take a picture of the crowd."
I raise an eyebrow: 8,000? Really?
"Both end zones will be full; people standing, four and five deep," Bene says. "They'll stand by the fences down both sidelines. It'll be insane."
I am told that Ironwood Ridge plans to bring six buses to the old field, unloading the band and fellow students who believe, who dream, that the Nighthawks will beat Salpointe, finishing the regular season 10-0 and ranked No. 1 in Arizona prep football, Division II. Salpointe is 9-1, ranked No. 2.
I have spent much of the week examining the archives - the most compelling regular-season football games in Tucson prep history - and it becomes obvious that Salpointe vs. Ironwood Ridge, 2012, suburban public school power vs. midtown private school goliath, is irresistible.
This is one man's roll call, the Big Four, a quartet of Games for the Ages, regular-season division, of the last 60 years:
• Amphi vs. Tucson, Thanksgiving Day, 1952: Going in, the winner had already been granted the mythical Arizona state championship. It was matchup of such anticipation, Tucson's only two high schools, Year 5 of a relatively new cross-town rivalry, that officials moved it to Arizona Stadium for the first time.
By 2 p.m., a crowd estimated at 16,000 almost filled the UA stadium (capacity 20,000). Tucson won 25-7 when Notre Dame-bound QB Pat Flood and Oklahoma State-bound halfback Joel Favara led the Badgers to their 17th straight victory and the state title.
• Pueblo vs. Salpointe, Thanksgiving eve, 1967: An estimated crowd of 13,000 delayed Thanksgiving festivities to watch the 8-1 Warriors, ranked No. 3 in the state, collide with the 8-2 Lancers, ranked No. 4. The game was broadcast by two local radio stations, KTUC and KOLD. The winner was to be champion of the Class AA South.
Pueblo won 21-20 on a rainy night and then rolled to the state championship game under coach Lou Farber, where it lost to undefeated Phoenix St.Mary's.
• Amphi at Sunnyside, Oct. 26, 1979: On game day, the Panthers and Blue Devils were both 7-0, straining to move ahead of the Phoenix teams in the state polls.
Sunnyside officials announced they would install extra bleachers for the game, expecting a crowd of 8,000. The game matched future Oklahoma Sooner tailback Freddie Sims against what would be the best team of coach Vern Friedli's 36-year coaching career.
It was a rematch of a classic 1978 game in which Sunnyside whipped the previously unbeaten and top-ranked Panthers 35-9 before 8,000 fans on the Amphi campus, after which Blue Devils coach Paul Petty said, bitingly "I've said all along we have better personnel."
This time the Panther defense dominated, holding Sims to 37 yards. A month later Amphi completed an undefeated state championship season.
• Sabino at Mountain View, Nov. 6, 1992: Whenever Mountain View played in a big game, as it often did under coach Wayne Jones, the end zones would be painted black and silver, and students said they could detect the odor of the paint in their classrooms.
This night, with both teams 8-0, they got too much of a whiff of the powerful Sabercats. With extra bleachers added to accommodate a crowd estimated at 7,500, Jeff Scurran's Sabercats won 14-10, limiting future all-state tailback Kevin Schmidtke to 18 yards.
Sabino would go on to win the state title, 14-0 overall. But a year later, with Schmidtke unstoppable, Mountain View took its turn, 14-0, state champs.
Over the last 20 years, the proliferation of classification changes, and division re-alignments, prevented some lip-smacking showdowns.
In 1996 and 1997, Friedli and Scurran, the ranking prep coaching legends of the time, went a combined 49-4, but, sadly, did not meet either season.
In 2002, Salpointe went 12-1 under its new coach, Bene, while Sunnyside was rolling, 12-1, under Richard Sanchez. Oh, what a game that could have been. Extra bleachers would have been put into place.
Alas, on the night both were 10-0, Sunnyside beat Rincon 70-0 while Salpointe edged Mountain View 20-16.
Perhaps you recall that epic Sahuaro vs. Amphi 34-34 tie of 1982, when the Cougars' Rodney Peete set the state passing yards record against the undefeated Panthers. Sahuaro was unaccountably 5-4 entering the game. It was an unforgettable upset, not a Game for the Ages.
Finally, tonight at Salpointe, the immovable object meets the irresistible force. It is a Game for the Ages, Part V.
Good luck finding a parking place.
• Who: Ironwood Ridge (9-0) at Salpointe Catholic (9-1)
• When: 7 p.m.

Click for story.  Arizona Daily Star 10.26.12

Salpointe grad Jeff Wild '97 brings Comedy for a Cause

You Made Your Pointe!
“Chelsea” cast members perform for Angel Charity

Aspiring actors take note: Hollywood happy endings do exist. Just ask Tucson native Jeff Wild ’97. In five short years, he went from set designer to cast member and writer on the popular cable comedy show "Chelsea Lately." And on Saturday, he's bringing a few of his "Chelsea" friends home to meet the family - and Tucson - for the Angel Charity Comedy for a Cause benefit "Broken Halos." …… Click for story. Arizona Daily Star 10.25.12

Quihuis (Golf) and Trouard (CC) lead the Lancers

You Made Your Pointe!

Salpointe junior Krystal Quihuis is the defending golf state champion and has a chance to lead the Lancers to their second straight title.

Salpointe's Andy Trouard and won the Rattler Co-ed Cross Country Invitational earlier this month and is an individual favorite in upcoming Division II, Section II meet.

Click for story.  Arizona Daily Star 10.22.12

I-Ridge, Salpointe clash for football bragging rights

The final weekend of October has a lot to offer, including the football matchup Southern Arizona has been waiting for all season. Unbeaten Ironwood Ridge travels to Salpointe Catholic on Friday night to close out the regular season - a game that could be labeled as Tucson's city championship. Friday is also the first day of the girls golf state championships, and Saturday is the state-qualifying sectional meets for cross country teams.
• Football: The top two teams in the Arizona Daily Star's power rankings will face off at Salpointe at 7 p.m.  I-Ridge (9-0) could lock up the No. 1 spot in the Division II playoffs with another big win but it won't be easy. Salpointe (9-1) has won nine straight since losing its opener, and it beat the Nighthawks on the road 27-13 to close out last year. The game will feature two of the top players in the state with I-Ridge senior quarterback Tyler Williams and Salpointe junior receiver Cameron Denson. This might not be the last time these teams see each other this year; the two could meet in the state playoffs.

Click for story.  Arizona Daily Star 10.22.12

Math whizzes compete at Pima Community College - Salpointe takes 2nd!

You Made Your Pointe!
Dozens of young math whizzes met at Pima Community College on Friday to test their knowledge of proofs, formulas and other math equations. The high school freshmen and sophomores took part in the college's annual Mathematics Competition, which included a math test, tour of the PCC Downtown Campus and a keynote speech from Dana Biddulph of the University of Arizona Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Laboratory. The competition concluded with an awards ceremony, including a trophy for the top team. "It was more thinking rather than testing," said Yoslin Herrera, 15, a sophomore from Empire High School.

There were 90 students from 15 schools who took part in the competition, which sought the best and brightest students in the Tucson area. All of the students are the top three freshman and sophomores in each of their classes. They were divided into teams of six, with three sophomores and three freshmen from the same school, said Diane Lussier, a PCC math instructor who helped organize the event. The test included a mix of algebra and geometry questions, along with some questions to test the students' problem-solving skills. The degree of difficulty increased as the test progressed. "It's not dependent on the content they learn in school," said PCC math instructor Steve Kusnir. "The success is measured in thinking and problem-solving." Kusnir helped create the competition and has coached and organized similar events for more than 30 years.

This is the seventh year of the PCC competition. "It's not meant to stroke their ego. It gives them more interesting mathematics to think about," he said. Herrera takes pre-calculus classes at Empire. "It's interesting to see how other schools perform. You learn new techniques," she said, referring to conversations she had with other students. Conner Hudson, a Salpointe Catholic High School freshman, prefers numerical problems to word problems, but he believes the word problems can prepare him for real-life scenarios. "It just kept me thinking," said Hudson, 14. "I guess in real life you can't just do the problem."

Winners - Here are the results of Pima Community College's annual Math Competition.
• First-place team: University High School
Second: Salpointe Catholic High School
• Third: Pusch Ridge Christian Academy

Freshman awards:
• First: Sloan Kanaski
• Second: Oshada Gunasekara
• Third: Zachary Kirch
• Fourth: Conner Hudson ’16 (Salpointe)
• Fifth: Camron Vick
• Sixth: Gregory Snyder

Sophomore awards:
• First: Ben Davis
Second: Lauren Conger ’15 (Salpointe)
• Third: Shelby Yuan
• Fourth: Ben Trempinshi
• Fifth: Gordie Downs
• Sixth: Julianne Lussier ’15 (Salpointe)

Click for story.  Arizona Daily Star 10.20.12

Salpointe 49, Rincon/University 14

At Rincon, the Lancers (9-1) exploded for 28 points in the second quarter to rout the Rangers (5-4).

Salpointe led 7-0 after one quarter but scored three TDs in a row, and then after an interception, scored a fourth with 29.5 seconds to go.

• Highlight reel: Salpointe's Cameron Denson caught a 25-yard pass for the first touchdown in traffic.

• Player of the game: Johnny Peña rushed for 107 yards on 16 carries and scored three TDs in the second quarter.

• By the numbers: 1. One player other than quarterback Andrew Cable who rushed for the Rangers, Kevionte Alexander, who rushed for 113 yards.

• He said it: "He's been running so much, and we're just trying to rest him." - Salpointe coach Dennis Bene on why Denson left the game.

Click for the story.  Arizona Daily Star 10.20.12

Oklahoma Sooners Watch List – Denson taking his time

The state of Arizona is loaded with top-tier talent in the 2014 recruiting class. One of those players, wide receiver Cameron Denson (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic) already holds eight scholarship offers from some big-time programs, including Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon State, UCLA and Washington.

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound athlete has done a big of everything for the Lancers this season. He has completed 29 of 36 passes for 408 yards and three touchdowns, rushed 56 times for 944 yards and 18 touchdowns, and caught 14 passes for 215 yards and another score. He's also added a kickoff and punt return for touchdowns.

And while he's one of the more highly-recruited juniors in the region, Denson hasn't done much with the recruiting process at this point. He did however, take an unofficial visit to UCLA this past weekend. 

Click for story. 10.18.12

Andy Trouard finishes ahead of the pack at the Doug Conley Invitational in Tempe.

Photo finishes are supposed to be for sprints, not 5Ks.

At the 40th Annual Doug Conley Invitational cross country meet Saturday at Rolling Hills Golf Course, a finish-line snapshot was almost needed. Tucson Salpointe Catholic's Andy Trouard edged Tempe Corona del Sol's Nate Rodriguez by .52 seconds to win the boys varsity race. Trouard finished in 15:36.48.
Click for story.  10.13.12

Salpointe 42 – Nogales 7: Denson helps Lancers up record to 8-1

WR/QB carries five times for 160 yards, scores 4 touchdowns

First-year UA football coach Rich Rodriguez was in attendance at the Salpointe Catholic football game Friday night, and the Lancers put on quite a show for him.

Salpointe rolled past visiting Nogales 42-7 for its eighth straight win and clicked on all cylinders - especially offense.

Juniors Cameron Denson and Andrew Cota split time at quarterback again; Denson started.

On Salpointe's first play from scrimmage, Denson sprinted for a 25-yard touchdown directly in front of where Rodriguez was standing.

Rodriguez said he was at he game just to watch football and support his daughter Raquel, who is a cheerleader for Salpointe.

"I knew they were right there because that's where they always stand," said Denson, who has an offer from Arizona. "He gave me a little look, and I looked back and smiled."

That was the first of four first-half rushing touchdowns for Denson, the No. 8 wide receiver in the country, according to He finished the game with five carries for 160 yards and two catches for 48 yards.

Senior running back Johnny Peña had 10 carries for 64 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns, to give him 51 in his four-year career with the Lancers, just one week after he passed the 4,000-yard mark.

"It definitely proves that hard work pays off," Peña said. "It feels great."

He broke out a new move for the first time in trying to hurdle defenders.

"I thought I'd switch it up a little bit because people are trying to cut," Peña said. "This is the first game I actually went for it."

Denson said whenever Nogales would key on Peña, it opened a lane for him.

"Early in the game they were trying to take Johnny out of the equation, and when they did, I took my opportunity and made big plays for the team," he said. "I have to thank the offensive line and Johnny being decoy and the receivers for blocking downfield."

After his 25-yard score, Denson had touchdown runs of 29, 61 and 16 yards, all of which came before halftime.

Cota, in his second game back since recovering from a broken left forearm, made his first appearance early in the second quarter after Jay Williams intercepted Nogales quarterback Marcel Renteria.

Cota's first two passes were incomplete before he hit Peña for an 11-yard gain. But then a series of penalties made it second-and-26 from the Salpointe 39.

That's when Denson took a direct snap and danced his way to the end zone, giving the Lancers (8-1) a 21-0 lead after Cota connected with Taylor Powell for the two-point conversion.

Cota, who completed 5 of 10 passes for 69 yards, said he is back at 100 percent but is still trying to get everything perfected with two games left in the regular season.

"I just have to get back on track with my wide receivers," Cota said.

Salpointe coach Dennis Bene lauded the play of his defense. It limited Nogales running back Brian McCarty to 44 yards on 15 carries and didn't let the Apaches past the Salpointe 45 until late in the fourth quarter.

"I was really glad we contained him," Bene said. "I think he's an elite running back."

This is the second time in three weeks that Nogales (6-2) has lost.

"We're going to try to finish out the season 8-2 and hopefully make the playoffs," coach Vince Villanucci said.

Click for story. Arizona Daily Star 10.13.12

QB Cota back as Lancers rout Caballeros: Salpointe 59 – Flowing Wells 0

Salpointe Catholic didn't waste its time at Flowing Wells on Friday. Johnny Peña ran 14 yards for a touchdown on the game's fifth play, quarterback Andrew Cota scored on a 16-yard run on his first carry since returning from a broken forearm, Cameron Denson returned a punt 65 yards for a score and the Lancers rolled over the Caballeros 59-0. Peña's 86 yards put him past 4,000 yards in his career and kicker Luke Bakewell became the school's all-time leader in career extra points made. "Our kids played real well tonight," Salpointe coach Dennis Bene said. "You can't put any of this on us as coaches. It's all the players." Cota went 4 of 6 passing for 43 yards….. Click for story.  Arizona Daily Star 10.6.12

Race torch is passed as Marty Kinerk (Salpointe 1959) dies

Four days after Tucson auto racer Alex Bowman made his NASCAR debut, Marty Kinerk died in a Tucson rest home. Almost nobody made the connection between the 19-year-old Bowman and the 72-year-old Kinerk, but they shared much more than just a hometown and the instinct to go fast. As Kinerk was in 1969, Bowman is today. In 1969, Kinerk made his NASCAR Grand National debut, the Motor Trend 500 in Ontario, Calif., lined up in a field of legends that included Richard Petty, A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti.  Click for story.  Arizona Daily Star 10.2.12

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